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MP’s death should make 
us change view of alcohol 

WE ARE all very quick in this 
country to point to drugs and illegal 
highs as the real perils of our society; 
the epitome of modern day threats to 
our lives and health. 

Yet, more often than not, we do so 
while thinking little of drinking or 
smoking - legal vices which have 
long since been acceptable pastimes 
and, certainly when it comes to 
alcohol, we celebrate and promote in 
equal measure. 

While smoking has become an 
increasingly anti-social activity 
which only the most stubborn 
of addicts tolerate, drinking 
rarely gets such a bad press. 

After all, we all enjoy a 
drink don’t we? All enjoy to 
relax with a glass of wine or 
join friends for a pint. And 
getting merry is a good place 
to be if you can avoid tipping 
over the edge. 

The death this 
week of Charles A 
Kennedy, the ^ 


former Liberal Democrat leader, was 
an extreme case of the perils of addic¬ 
tion, but once again highlighted that 
for those who fall over that edge for 
years rather than hours, it is a dark, 
lonely and dangerous place. 

More, however, is that while we 
are quick to scoff at drug users 
tripping, or pour scorn on their 
withdrawals, we seem to accept and 
tolerate drunken behaviour - the 
violence, the car crashes, the 
vomiting. You have to admit, it’s an 
odd state of mind for us to collec¬ 
tively have. 

The answer, of course, is that 
as a society we need to have 
far less tolerance of drunken 
behaviour, to prevent it from 
spilling out on to our streets 
or sparking trouble at home. 

A little of the energy we devote 
to ensuring the stigmatisation 
of drugs and to a lesser 
extent smoking, 
and we may find 
ourselves in a 
better place. 

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05 Flight path 

Campaigners unite 
over Gatwick plans 

08 Clangers are 

BBC confirms date of 
show’s comeback 

11 In or out of 
rights act? 

Human Rights Act 
stirs up controversy 

13 Dart Charge 

Six months on from 
losing those booths 

14 Are we set for 
a heatwave? 

BBC’s Rachel Mackley 
suspects not... 

16 Tough tattoo 

But do artists think 
they’re worth the ink? 

19 Pressure on 
blood saga 

Latest part in our series 
of special reports 

22 Elton John 
stops traffic 

Superstar dazzles at 
outdoor show despite 
problems for fans 


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The Arts 

41 Fresh Rae of 

We speak to singer- 
songwriter Rae Morris 

45 Festival adds 
to its line-up 

More stars join the 
Ramblin’ Man stages 

33 Are Tories 

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Flight path row creates a 
racket on Downing Street 

PROTEST: Campaigners say they are being “ignored... and persecuted” by flight path changes 

By Maria Chiorando 

CAMPAIGNERS from west Kent 
have joined forces to deliver a letter 
to Downing Street opposing the 
narrowing of flight paths going 
into Gat wick Airport. 

They say the additional noise 
created by the changes brings 
considerable noise to areas 
previously unaffected. 

Among those areas particularly 
affected are near popular tourist 
attractions Hever Castle and 
Penshurst Place. 

The six-page letter is significant as 
it represents the first time campaign 
groups opposing expansion of 
airports in the south east - the City of 
London, Heathrow and Gatwick - 
have joined forces. 

The main demand on the 
Department for Transport is to 
toughen up air traffic control 
which has ushered in the changes 
to the flight paths. 

It comes just weeks before the 
Airports Commission, chaired by 
Sir Howard Davies, delivers its 
report and findings to the Govern¬ 
ment. It is compiling information 
on where best to increase airport 

capacity. According to campaign 
group CAGNE (Communities 
Against Noise and Emissions), 
which has members in Kent and 
from East and West Sussex, some of 
its members have been exposed to 
‘over 17 hours a day of unrelenting 
noise’ which ‘affects education, 
productivity and work’. 

Brendon Sewill, chairman of 
Gatwick Area Conservation 
Campaign, said: “We can not see 
how any airport expansion can go 

forward with the anger that is 
being vented at all airport 
operators due to the current 
airspace changes. All the protest 
groups coming together should 
send a clear message to the 
Government that residents are fed 
up with being ignored and that 
they will not be disregarded.” 

An excerpt from the letter says: 
“We believe current airspace 
management and air traffic control 
arrangements are unacceptable 

and undemocratic; in our view 
they amount to a serious failure of 
regulation and an abuse of 
government policy. 

“Our communities are deeply 
frustrated by what has happened 
to them; they feel ignored, angry 
and persecuted. We have collec¬ 
tively lost confidence in the ability 
or willingness of the aviation 
sector - both regulators and 
businesses- to address the issues 
that impact us.” 

Free bus pass for secondary 
school children deal agreed 

Survey to find out how 
life on Civvy Street is 
for ex-service personnel 

AN APPEAL has gone out to track 
down around 129.000 ex-service 
personnel and discover how they are 
adapting to life off the frontline. 

The Kent and Medway Civilian 
Military Partnership Board wants to 
identify them and find out how they 
have adapted to life on Civvy Street. 

The board, which comprises 
representatives from local govern¬ 
ment in Kent and Medway, the 
Armed Forces and service charities, 
wants them to take part in a survey. 

It will help understand the needs of 
ex-service personnel and their 

The board was set up in 2011 to 
deliver the Armed Forces Community 
Covenant, which aims to encourage 
local communities to support the 
armed forces in their area. 

KCC project manager Jayne 
Collier-Smith said: “In Kent we have 
over 2,600 serving personnel and 
412 reservists who we know we can 
reach with this survey. 

“But we are keen on tracking down 

ex-service personnel who we have no 
way of knowing where they are and 
how their lives have changed. 

“The survey will remain anony¬ 
mous though we do ask for a 
postcode to help us map needs and 

“By taking part in this survey, it 
will help us shape where and how 
resources can be focused for people 
associated with the armed forces. 

“We want to make sure the Kent 
and Medway Civilian Military 
Partnership Board have as much 
information as possible to inform 
their decision making.” 

There are three regular Army 
troop bases in Kent - Brompton 
Barracks, Invicta Park Barracks and 
Shorncliffe Army Camp - alongside 
six reservist bases. 

The closing date for completion is 
July 31. The overall findings and 
results of the research will be 
published in early 2016. To take part 
from June 5. 

PARENTS with more than two 11 to 
16-year-olds in secondary schools 
in Kent are set to benefit by being 
able to apply for an extra Young 
Person’s Travel Pass free. 

Kent County Council’s cabinet 
agreed to the deal on Monday. 

However, it will come as little 
relief to many parents, still having 
to pay out £250 for children to get to 
and from school. The passes were 

POLICE and crime commissioner 
Ann Barnes confirmed this week 
the end of the youth commissioner 
post which has brought so much 
controversy during her time in office. 

In front of the Kent and Medway 
Crime Panel on Tuesday, Mrs Barnes 
saidthe £15,000 role would be 
replaced by a youth advisory group. 

Mrs Barnes said: “The demands 
placed on one young person, I 

introduced after the scrapping of 
the popular Freedom Pass which 
provided unlimited travel for 
school children for £100. 

Applications for the next 
academic year for the pass can be 
submitted from Monday 

To guarantee passes in time for 
the first day of the academic year, 
applications must be received by 
July 18. 

cannot justify anymore. 

‘ Even though I do think a youth 
commissioner was a good concept 
and Kerry Boyd did a good piece 
of work.” 

Designed to act as a link 
between the police and the young, 
the role became mired in contro¬ 
versy after first appointee Paris 
Brown resigned after making 
unsavoury comments on Twitter. 

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£15k youth commissioner job 

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Intelligence Corps march through town centre 

THE Intelligence Corps marks its 75th anniversary with 
a special parade through the streets of Ashford this 

Members of the public are urged to line the streets of 
the town centre on Sunday, 36 years after the initial 
Freedom of the Borough was granted, on May 16, 1979. 

The Intelligence Corps was based in the town’s 

Templer Barracks from 1966 to 1997. 

The freedom affords them the right of marching 
through the borough on all ceremonial occasions with 
bayonets fixed, drums beating and bands playing. The 
right has since been exercised in 1983, 1990 and 2004. 

Motorists are warned of minor traffic disruption 
along the route of the parade. 

Second survey increases 
estimate of amount of 
oil beneath Weald Basin 

By Jamie Weir 

FRACKING in Kent took a step closer 
to becoming reality after an inde¬ 
pendent report confirmed signifi¬ 
cant reserves of oil sitting under the 
Weald Basin, in the west of the 

The report - written by oil services 
company Schlumberger - upgrades 
an earlier estimate for the Horse Hill 
site near Gatwick Airport. It is 
owned by a consortium of oil compa¬ 
nies, one of which is Solo Oil. 

Chairman of Solo, Neil Ritson, 
said: “We are pleased that Schlum¬ 
berger, using their own proprietary 
techniques, has confirmed the earli¬ 
er work conducted by Nutech. 

“Taken together these independ¬ 
ent estimates continue to suggest a 
significant oil potential in the un¬ 
conventional Jurassic sequence in 
the Horse Hill area and may have 
wider significance in the Weald Ba¬ 
sin generally.” 

The report places the total oil in 

FRACKING: Oil below the Weald 

the Jurassic part of the site at 271 
million barrels of oil per square mile, 
while the other section has an esti¬ 
mate of 255 million barrels per 
square mile. 

The previous estimate by Nutech 

in April this year for the second sec¬ 
tion was 158 million barrels per 
square mile. 

If the company were to drill for oil, 
it would likely use the controversial 
technique of hydraulic fracturing - 
pumping a mixture of water and 
chemicals into boreholes at high 
pressure - to extract it say 

Julie Wassmer campaigns against 
fracking in Kent. She told KoS it 
could do significant damage to the 
Weald Basin. 

She said: “Around 255 million 
barrels of this oil are within the un¬ 
conventional target so alarm bells 
should be sounding as to how this 
could be retrieved other than by 
fracking. This, at a time of increas¬ 
ing evidence of the environmental 
damage fracking can cause, only yes¬ 
terday the EPA reported that fracking 
has caused water pollution in America. 

“Fracking will expose UK citizens 
and our environment to a toxic in¬ 
dustry which cannot guarantee re¬ 
serves, financial viability and, least 
of all, the level of jobs promised.” 

POPULAR: Card set for Dartford 

Oyster opens 
up travel card 

THE popular Oyster card for use on 
trains is to be rolled out in September. 

The pre-paid card has revolutionised 
ticketing in the capital and there has 
been a call for the service to stretch into 
the north west of the county. 

Buses in Dartford already accept the 
cards, now the town’s station will accept 
them too. 

The town’s Conservative MP, Gareth 
Johnson, has welcomed the news. 

He said: “I am pleased there is now 
confirmation from Southeastern that 
passengers will be able to use their 
Oyster cards to Dartford. 

“I and others have sought the 
introduction of the Oyster card for 
Dartford as it has always been an 
anomaly that people in Dartford could 
use the Oyster card on some buses in the 
town but not on the train. 

“This should provide a more seamless 
ticketing system for commuters into London 
and one which I know many commuters 
have been seeking for a long time. 

“I will be making representations to 
the Department of Transport about the 
introduction of smart card ticketing in 
Dartford, which I hope will complement 
the Oyster system.” 

Other Kent towns are also keen to 
adopt the technology - with Sevenoaks 
keen to follow suit. 

KCC Lib Dem chief in 
tribute to Kennedy 

LEADER of the Liberal Democrats on Kent County 
Council has described the death this week of 
former party leader Charles Kennedy as “a 
complete shock”. 

Trudy Dean, who represents Mailing on KCC, 
told KoS: “It is very sad news. 

“Charles Kennedy was one of those very rare 
characters that was able to combine political life 
with a wonderful sense of humour and the ability 
to entertain, which meant he was well-liked and 
respected not only by members of his party, but 
by members from all political parties. 

“He was widely respected as a politician who 
always told the story as it was, without spin.” 

Mr Kennedy died suddenly at his home in the 
Highlands on Monday. He was just 55. 

He had long battled with alcohol and had lost 
his seat in the Ross, Skye and Lochaber constitu¬ 
ency to the SNP in last month’s general election. 

It ended a 32-year career as an MP - during 
which he led the party from 1999 to 2006. 

Promise of boost to 
county road network 

A PARTNERSHIP agreement has been signed 
designed to improve the county’s roads. 

Kent County Council has penned a deal with 
Highways England - previously the Highways Agency 
- which it is hoped will improve planning and 
communication between the two organisations. 

The agreement includes; protocols on agreeing 
and using diversion routes whenever a major road 
has to close; more flexible use of electronic road 
signs; setting out how the organisations will work 
together during major events; a 'joined up’ approach 
to helping drivers prepare for driving during winter; 
and renewing commitments to support road users 
when Operation Stack is in place 

Simon Sheldon-Wilson, director of customer 
operations at Highways England, said: “This 
agreement, the first of its kind, will help both 
organisations by bringing together best practice and 
building on the positive, day-to-day relationship we 
already have with KCC. It will form a guide which 
anyone in either of our organisations can call upon.’ ’ 

Time running out to 
influence boundaries 

THERE is still time to have an input on proposals to 
change electoral boundaries for Kent County Council. 

The independent Local Government Boundary 
Commission for England is consulting local people on 
its draft proposals which would see the number of 
county councillors reduced by three to 81. These 
would compromise 65 single members and eight 
two-member divisions. 

The consultation closes on July 6. 

Max Caller, chair of the commission, said: “We are 
keen to hear what local people think of the recom¬ 
mendations and to tell us if they agree with the 
proposals. If you don’t agree with the boundaries we 
have drawn, we would like to hear your alternatives. 

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voters in elections to Kent County Council. This 
means that each county councillor represents a 
similar number of electors so that everyone’s vote in 
county council elections is worth roughly the same 
regardless of where you live.’ ’ 

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What will make next week’s headlines... 

Public rally to launch 
A&E proposal protest 

A CAMPAIGN to fight proposals to 
close the accident and emergency 
department at Margate’s OEQM 
Hospital will get under way with a 
public rally in Thanet on Thursday. 

Organised by the Thanet’s People 
Assembly Against Austerity, the 
rally takes place at 7pm at the 
King’s Theatre in Ramsgate. 

It follows planned talks to close 
the A&E at both Ashford and 
Margate hospitals and have one 
central unit based at the Kent & 
Canterbury Hospital. 

An assembly spokesperson said: 
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Speakers at the rally will include 
Labour MP John McDonnell, and 
the Green Party’s Stuart Jeffrey. 

Walk highlights plight of 
refugees and detainees 

AN 80-MILE walk from Dover 
to Crawley, via Canterbury, to 
raise awareness of the plight of 
refugees and detainees got 
under way this weekend. 

Lasting nine days, Refugee 
Tales: A Walk in Solidarity with 
Refugees and Detainees is 
modelled on the Canterbury 
Tales. Among a number of high 

profile figures taking part are 
poet John Hegley and actor 
Niamh Cusack. 

At each stopping point - 
which includes Chilham, 
Charing, Wrotham, Rochester 
and Knockholt will be perform¬ 
ances. It is co-organised by 
University of Kent professor 
David Herd. 

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Unlocking its potential 

WORK continues on improvement work to 
Tonbridge Town Lock this week. 

A joint project between the local council 
and the Environment Agency, work began 
last Monday and will take some 34 weeks 
to complete. 

CANTERBURY commemorates the 800th 
anniversary of the sealing of the Magna 
Carta next Saturday. 

Magna Carta Day will see exhibitions, 
music and parades through the city streets 
as part of a string of national events. 

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is 
urging the 116,700 people who receive tax 
credits in Kent to renew their tax credits 
claim online as soon as possible ahead of 
the deadline next month. 

The deadline for renewals is July 31. 

POLICE and crime commissioner Ann 
Barnes and Chief Constable Alan Pughs- 
ley, will be answering questions in a live 
web chat on Tuesday, June 9, from 6pm for 
an hour. 

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Could Hollywood be 
Clangers’ next stop? 

After 43 years, Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate’s creation 
returns for a brand new series and potential global take-off 

By Chris Murphy 

T HE Clangers return to our 
screens in a couple of 
weeks - and there is al¬ 
ready talk the odd space 
creatures could spawn a 
big screen outing if its TV revival is 
well received. 

The original TV hit was created by 
the legendary creative duo of Peter 
Firmin and Oliver Postgate - both who 
lived and worked in Blean, near Can¬ 

Broadcast by the BBC between 
1969 and 1972, the series became a 
huge hit with children and adults. 

Now a new series has been created 
- with Mr Firmin, who still lives in 
Blean, an executive producer and 
Whitstable’s Daniel Postgate, son of 
the late Oliver, penning the scrips. 
Monty Python star Michael Palin 
will be the narrator. 

Speaking to KoS, Daniel Postgate 
told us: “If it does go well, it may be 
nice to think about a movie.” 

It was 1969, the year Neil Arm¬ 
strong stepped on the moon and Py¬ 

thon launched, when Oliver Post¬ 
gate, who died in 2008, did the 
original voice-over for the show 
which soon became a major hit. 

A colony of mouse type creatures 
living on a blue planet not far from 
our own was the concept which cap¬ 
tured the imagination. Much of it 
was created and filmed at a barn in 
Blean. Mr Firmin’s wife, Joan, knit¬ 
ting the original ‘skins’ of the Clang¬ 
ers around the carefully constructed 
metal and wood skeleton created by 
the artist Mr Firmin. 

The duo of Postgate and Firmin - 
via their Smallfilms company - were 
behind some of the most enduring 
children’s television - creating the 
likes of Ivor the Engine, Pogles’ Wood, 
Noggin the Nog and, of course, Bag- 

A proposal for the new show was 
touted several years ago and will be 
screened both in the US and in the 
UK. The new series, which has cost 
£5m to make, starts on children’s TV 
channel CBeebies on June 15. 

Mr Postgate told us: “It all seems to 
be going very well so far. The launch 
was well-received. 

“We expect everyone to watch the 

first couple of episodes, but it will be 
a nervous time waiting to see if they 
come back to watch the rest.. 

“The original Clangers had such a 
loyal audience, and we hope they 
will like the new ones too. 

“We have made it so it will have a 
lasting appeal and not be a flash in 
the pan, hopefully. 

“Some people have said they would 
liked to have seen it coming to BBC1, 
but shows are so targeted these days 
- it doesn’t work like that anymore. 

“There might be something on at 
Christmas on BBC1 or something 
like that. We have to wait to see, but 
it’s a possibility.” 

If it does all go well, a movie would 
be great, he said. But for that to hap¬ 
pen, it would need to be a major hit 
in America where it will be shown 
on NBC, potentially reaching 100 
million homes. 

He added of the film: “They some¬ 
times do that sort of thing these days, 
don’t they? I have thought about it, 
but I think it will need a few years to 
bed itself in. 

“The NBC audience will be the 
blast-off point for making films, so it 
is a possibility. It will be the Ameri¬ 

can audience that will decide if it gets 
done. With a decent budget for a film, 
you could make this series 15 times 
over with that sort of money. Movies 
are terribly expensive. 

“I thought the idea of an hour and 
30 minutes of the Clangers may be a 
little long, considering they don’t 
talk, but I suppose you have the nar¬ 
rator over the top. 

“And they made a film about 
Shaun the Sheep, so it is certainly do¬ 
able, so long as you come with a good 
story. Films do need something mon¬ 
umental to happen in them to be a 

success. It has to have something im¬ 
portant to keep children enthralled 
for that long. 

“Perhaps something can go miss¬ 
ing from the Clangers’ planet and 
needs to be found again. On TV, it’s a 
more passive thing, you just sit back 
and let it wash over you. It would be 
nice to make a film.” 

Something new for the Clangers in 
the 11-minute episodes is their new 
found movements. 

Peter Firmin, now 86, who is back 
for the new series as executive pro¬ 
ducer, said new technology means so 


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CHANGES: Left, Michael Palin, Dan 
Postgate and Peter Firmin. Above, 
a ‘naked’ Clanger from the original 
TV series. Below, some of the earli¬ 
est sketches by Peter Firmin for the 
original show which ran from 1969 
to 1972. 

much more can be done. Always an 
innovator, he said their original stop- 
motion characters were limited on 
what they could do with their com¬ 
pany Smallfilms. 

With new tech, he said: “They can 
dance, they can fly, they can jump. 
Our simple technology, with the feet 
tin-tacked to the surface of the planet 
meant we couldn’t make them go up 
in the air except with strings. 

“It’s so much more exciting now 
because they can do so much more.” 

Some 52 episodes have been writ¬ 
ten, mostly by Daniel Postgate, and 

are in the process of being filmed in 
two batches. 

Purists will be delighted they still 
have that original knitted look, and 
of course the dustbin lids covering 
their ‘moon’ mound homes return as 
they should, because they go ‘clang’ 
when opened, hence the name. 

Michael Palin said of being narra¬ 
tor: “I found it wonderful to watch 
with my own children. I found it very 

“Listening to Oliver Postgate’s 
original voices and narrations, he 
just achieved almost effortlessly this 

tone that wasn’t too big, wasn’t too 
small. Just inquiring. And I thought, 
‘well, you can’t change that’. So I 
would have his voice and his ap¬ 
proach and his timbre in the back of 
my mind and try to approach and be 
as close to his as possible.” 

Mr Postgate said: “We have writ¬ 
ten the first 26 for the first batch and 
now will be working on finishing up 
on the next 26.” 

Oliver Postgate, who also once 
lived in Blean, died in 2008, aged 83, 
at a nursing home in Broadstairs, 
sparking widespread tributes. 

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LEGALITIES: Many view the Government’s desire to replace the Human Rights Act as a bid to claim back power over the courts from Europe. The Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, above 

Battle breaks out over plans for 
controversial Human Rights Act 

Sarah Linney asks just what benefits and disadvantages we would experience if Tory plans goes ahead 

O NE month after its election, 
and the Conservative Par¬ 
ty this week insisted the 
Government was commit¬ 
ted to what was perhaps 
one of its most controversial pre-elec¬ 
tion promises - to scrap our committ¬ 
ment to the Human Rights Act. 

Brought in by Tony Blair’s Labour 
government in 1998, in incorporates 
the European Convention on Human 
Rights, originally drawn up in 1950 
in the aftermath of the Second World 
War, in UK law. 

This enshrines such basic concepts 
as the right to life, the right to liberty, 
the right to freedom of expression and 
the right to freedom from torture. 

In addition, it allow recourse to the 
European Court of Human Rights - 
overviewing decision made in the 
British court system rather than hav¬ 
ing to head to Strasbourg. 

But the Conservatives - and the 
right-wing tabloid press - have sug¬ 
gested it has prevented the deporta¬ 
tion of some foreign criminals and is 
being abused. 

The Tories insist a British Bill of 
Rights would still protect key rights, 
but close what it sees as some of the 

Opponents, though, are gaining in 
strength - including many Tory back¬ 
benchers - and opposition parties. 

When it failed to be mentioned in 
the Queen’s Speech, many observers 
suggested the threat of it being de¬ 
feated had made David Cameron cold 
on the plans. But, this week, senior 
Tory figures insisted it was still very 
much on the agenda. 

Vince Maple is Labour leader on 
Medway Council. He said: “The chal¬ 

lenge I would always throw out to 
anyone who says it should go is: 
which part of it don’t you like? 

“Human rights are something peo¬ 
ple have died for. People saying they 
should somehow be scrapped on a 
whim clearly haven’t looked at the is¬ 
sue with much thought. 

“The Act sends a message to citi¬ 
zens in the UK and around the world 
that we are somewhere that values 
the rights of human beings; that we 
don’t treat people in a discriminatory, 
disrespectful and inhumane way.” 

He said it was important for British 
citizens to have the right to have their 
cases heard at the European Court of 
Human Rights. 

“There have been many times 
when UK citizens have had positive 
outcomes in the court,” Cllr Maple 

However, as Canterbury and Whit- 
stable Tory MP Julian Brazier pointed 
out, Britain has always had an excel¬ 
lent human rights record - with or 
without the Act. 

“The principles of the European 
Convention on Human Rights, such 
as the banning of torture, are essen¬ 
tial for any civilised state,” Mr Brazier 
said. “Our commitment to these prin¬ 
ciples long predates the Human 
Rights Act. 

“The problem with the Act is that it 
not only put these rights into law, but 
empowered judges in Strasbourg to 
dictate how these rights are inter¬ 
preted in our courts. 

“This has allowed cunning lawyers 
to allow convicted terrorists, paedo¬ 
philes, rapists and illegal immigrants 
to remain in the UK, often on the 
grounds of a ‘right to a family life’. 

Getting rid of these people becomes a 
legal nightmare. It took the efforts of 
six successive home secretaries to de¬ 
port the known extremist preacher 
Abu Qatada to face trial in Jordan.” 

He said replacing the Act with a 
British Bill of Rights would “bring 
common sense back to our courts”. 

“Human rights legislation has ex¬ 
tended far beyond the scope it was in¬ 
tended,” Mr Brazier added. 

Abu Qatada was detained under 
anti-terrorism laws in the UK in 2002 
and fought for eight years against de¬ 
portation to his native Jordan, where 
he claimed evidence extracted 
through torture would be used 
against him. 

However, irrespective of the Hu¬ 
man Rights Act, international hu¬ 
man rights law prevents countries 
from sending people anywhere where 
they will be tortured. 

Opponents of the proposals to ditch 
it say this is being overlooked by anti- 
Act propaganda. 

The issue of the ‘right to a family 
life’, however, is hazier. Like almost 
all the rights enshrined in the Act, it 
can be overruled if necessary - just as 
the right to liberty is overruled if 
someone is jailed for a serious crime. 

But, as Ashford MP Damian Green 
pointed out, things are not working 
quite as they were intended. 

“We should make Parliament and 
the courts the ultimate decision¬ 
makers over laws in this country,” Mr 
Green said. 

“I want to see us write the Europe¬ 
an Convention on Human Rights into 
our own law, and reduce the powers 
of the European Court of Human 
Rights, so our Supreme Court has to 

CHANGE: Julian Brazier 

take account of its rulings, but not 
simply pass them into law. 

“The latter is what the courts have 
done since the Human Rights Act 
was passed, and it has been conten¬ 
tious: if you can’t deport terrorists, 
that’s when you get problems. 

“I think we can do this. The Ger¬ 
mans have a constitutional court 
which declares itself the ultimate ar¬ 
biter of German law. 

“The French, however, have prob¬ 
lems similar to us: their supreme 
court simply transposes judgments of 
the European Court of Human Rights 
into French law, and they have people 
they want to deport but can’t.” 

However, he said it was important 
for British citizens to still have access 
to the European Court of Human 
Rights - and that any new British Bill 
of Rights should continue to enshrine 
all the declarations of the European 
Convention on Human Rights. 

“I think it’s sensible to delay the 

legislation until the government has 
done a proper consultation,” Mr 
Green added. 

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson 
agreed. He told KoS this week: “The 
decisions it makes should not be bind¬ 
ing on us, and the court has moved 
far beyond what it was defined to do. 

“I would prefer to see a British Bill 
of Rights that concentrates not just 
on human rights but on human re¬ 
sponsibilities. It must be right that we 
have British judges determining Brit¬ 
ish law.” 

However, Gordon Cowan, Labour 
leader on Kent County Council, said it 
would be unwise to throw out the baby 
with the human rights bathwater. 

“The Human Rights Act is there for 
the protection of all people, over eve¬ 
rything from phone hacking to the 
treatment of disabled people in care 
homes,” Cllr Cowan said. 

“It has benefited countless people 
in the UK. 

“If there’s a flaw with any Act of Par¬ 
liament, you should amend the act. It 
doesn’t mean to say that the law is an 
ass, so let’s get rid of it all. 

“It just means that perhaps you 
need to tighten up the act and make 
sure it is benefiting the people it should 

“Weighed against one small issue, 
there are a hundred things here that 
protect the people of our country.” 

What do you think? Should we 
keep or ditch the Human Rights 
Act? Share your views and join 
the debate. Write to us at: The 
Editor, KoS, Kent House, 81 Sta¬ 
tion Road, Ashford TN23 1PP. Or 
email us at editorial@ kosmedia. 

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CONTROVERSIAL: The Dartford Crossing has generated hundreds of column inches 

After six months of Dart Charge, 
have the changes been worth it? 

Maria Chiorando talks to the man in charge of the crossing’s under fire remote payment system... 

HE first six months of Dart 
Charge have been mired in 

The new free-flowing 
scheme at the Dartford 
Crossing has been in place since the 
end of November and means motorists 
no longer have to stop at toll booths, 
but instead have their number plates 
recorded on camera and must then pay 
by phone, online, in-store or post, 
within 24 hours - and failure to do so 
will land users with a fine. 

Some users have complained about 
glitches in the system, and unfair 
charges, as well as foreign toll dodgers. 

But, the new system was put in place 
to improve congestion - and so far, data 
shows this is the case. 

Nigel Gray is Highways England’s 
project director for Dart Charge. The 
company have been overseeing the 
project. He says: “The system has 
shaved nine minutes off south bound 
journeys, and four off northbound, 
which we expect to see increase when 
all the building work is completely fin¬ 
ished by the end of July.” 

Currently, there are still some booths 
on the northbound entrance. 

“They are there to comply with EU 
legislation,” says Mr Grey. 

“The barriers keep people out of the 
tunnels if there has been an incident. 

“The tunnels are different heights, 
so some vehicles can fit in the east bore 
which is bigger, and not the west tun¬ 
nels. In order to insolate and stop vehi¬ 
cles that won’t fit, we are installing a 
very sophisticated safety system, that 
has been tested off-site. 

“Once this is installed, HGVs will be 
much less disruptive to the service, as 

before, all the barriers would come 
down stopping traffic, whereas when 
the new system is in place - from next 
weekend - the lorry will be isolated, 
and the rest of the traffic will keep 

A familiar complaint about the toll 
is that is should be free, with Edmund 
King, the president of AA saying: “It is 
particularly galling that any toll re¬ 
mains at Dartford. 

“The tolls and charges were sup¬ 
posed to be lifted in 2003 when the 
cost of the scheme had been met. The 
new scheme has undoubtedly eased 
the congestion at busy times but, for 
some, there is a new concern regard¬ 
ing the behind-the-scenes bureaucra¬ 
cy that accompanies this supposedly 
high-tech, non-stop tolling.” 

Mr Gray says: “A toll taken in 2003 
suggested that removing the charge 
would increase traffic by 17 per cent - 
which would overburden the crossing. 
While we understand the frustration 
of paying for it, unusually, all money 
raised goes to transport improvements 
- it is ring fenced by the government. 

“In fact, since the new system has 
been introduced, the number of people 
using local discount schemes means 
the crossing costs less for many users.” 

And according to Mr Gray, Highways 
England is committed to improving the 
system for the local users who have had 
problems, with registering, being dou¬ 
ble-charged, or even contacting head 
office using the phone system. 

“We didn’t anticipate the scale of the 
problem people would have with regis¬ 
tering,” admits Mr Gray. “So we have 
started running surgeries in Thurrock 
and Dartford for local people, if they 

want to discuss the problems face to 
face. We will be running these days for 
the foreseeable future. 

“We will be playing it by ear a bit, 
depending on how people use this 9-5 
service. If people want it to run later, 
so they can go after work, that is some¬ 
thing we would look at changing. This 
surgery will be by appointment only, 
and will enable people to see advisors.” 

More recently, controversy has 
raged around foreign drivers, who 
some motorists believe have dodged 
the tolls. AA spokesman Luke Bosdett 
said: “This is a two-layered issue. 

“First, there is a great temptation 
not to pay the charge - which can be 
the same for British drivers abroad. 
The second is that it can be difficult for 
foreign drivers to know how to pay for 
the toll. The website is in English, and 
there are no payzones at either the fer¬ 
ry terminal or Eurotunnel. I believe 
the authorities are using various 
means to get foreign toll-dodgers to 
pay, and it will be interesting to see 
how effective this is.” 

Mr Gray confirms there are agencies 
in place to track down those who evade 
the fee. “It’s important that the charge 
is fair,” he says. 

So after six months of the new sys¬ 
tem, which cost between £48 million 
and £62 million to put in place, how 
does Highways England feel it’s fared? 

Mr Gray says: “While there have 
been more problems than we would 
have liked, overall, it has been a worth¬ 
while project. 

“It has been great for business - 
thousands and thousands of business 
time has, and will, be saved. Lots of the 
traffic at the crossing is goods vehicles, 

DIRECTOR: Nigel Gray 

having them constantly queuing is not 
good for the UK economy. 

“This is a medium term solution, 
which will buy us 10 years - you won’t 
see the levels of congestion we had in 
November before the scheme - unless 
of course there is an accident. 

“The next thing will be looking at a 
new lower Thames crossing, which will 
have to go through the proper consulta¬ 
tion process. But cutting down on con¬ 
gestion means the Dartford Crossing 
will hold until the early 2020s.” 

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson has 
voiced his support for the new system, 
saying: “There has been a noticeable 
improvement in traffic flows since the 
new system was introduced. 

“No-one is claiming that this system 
will end any chance of there being 
traffic jams but it will alleviate the 
worst of the congestion that Dartford 
has suffered for too long.” 


■ 700,000 dart charge 
accounts set up - that is 
three times as many as 

■ 70 per cent of crossings 
are made by account 

■ 12,000 new members of 
the local resident scheme 

■ That’s a growth of over 37 
per cent 

■ Southbound journeys are 
nine minutes faster 

■ Northbound journeys are 
four minutes faster 

■ The crossing was built to 
accommodate 135,000 
daily crossings 

■ Over 140,00 vehicles 
actually cross the river 
daily - and that goes up to 

■ Domestic driver 
compliance rate for paying 
the toll is 93 per cent 

■ Foreign driver compliance 
rate is 87 per cent 

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is unlikely to be the start of three months of non¬ 
stop sunshine. Chris Murphy finds out more. 

T ALK of the start of a heatwave after a 
scorching Friday may be premature 
- according to BBC South East weath¬ 
er presenter Rachel Mackley. 
Temperatures reached 25C, bring¬ 
ing with it thunderstorms too, prompting 
hopes the summer has finally started after a 
gloomy start to June. 

But we should rein in our hopes, according to 
the TV star, who says the sun will shine...but 
not just yet. 

The weather presenter said: “There has been 
a lot about a heatwave on the way...and al¬ 
though it the temperatures jumped by IOC on 
Friday, I don’t think we’re going to be experi¬ 
encing a heatwave just yet. 

“From mid-week, high pressure was in 
charge bringing much more settled conditions 
with light winds and lots of sunshine allowing 
temperatures to rise but as the winds come 
round to a northeasterly through the weekend, 
temperatures will fall back to the low 20s be¬ 
fore warming up again next week. Not a heat¬ 
wave, but definitely much more summery 
weather than we’ve had so far.” 

A spokesman for the Met Office explained 
why their computer systems can not look too 
far ahead. 

She said: “We have a limit of about two weeks 
in the future. 

“There is a lot of research going on in to sea¬ 
sonal forecasts. The atmosphere is a chaotic 
system - it’s like a fluid. 

“The further ahead you go, the further away 
from original conditions you are and the more 
difficult it is to predict what will happen. Things 
are changing every second. 

“We gather as many observations as possible 
to get an initial idea of what the atmosphere is 
doing. That data is fed into our super-computer 
models which then uses physics and maths to 
come out with the future state of the atmos¬ 

“The computer puts it all in to grid boxes and 
then analyses changes in each one. But things 
start to diverge significantly the further ahead 
you look.” 

However, some forecasters still like to look to 
the signs from Mother Nature to predict long 
term conditions. 

And according to one of those, we should be 
in for a decent summer - but not a complete 

That’s according to Dave King - better known 
as Dave the Weather - who believes looking 
back at previous weather patterns over the 
years can predict trends. 

His summer prediction comes by observing 
what the Sun was doing last Christmas Day 
and New Year’s Day. 

His amazing skills spotting trends in weather 

RAIN: Will it be umbrellas in Whitstable? 

patterns by using nature is now famed world¬ 

He also uses the ideas of meteorologist Alex¬ 
ander Buchan, who was born in 1829, and is 
credited with coming up with the idea of a 
weather map as an aid to forecasting the 

Mr King told us it will be a changeable sum¬ 
mer, and not quite the ‘best for a decade’ that 
some have been promising. 

This clashes with some rather more conven¬ 
tional predictions, which suggested we were in 
for three months of glorious sunshine and heat 
- predictions fanned by some of the more excit¬ 
able weather-obsessed national tabloids. 

Mr King said: “To give an idea what our sum¬ 
mer will look like, we need to go back to Christ¬ 
mas Day for nature’s six month advance notice. 

“I need to look at the six-plus hours of sun¬ 
shine that day, plus New Year’s Day. 

“The sun on Christmas Day gives good fruit 
and grain harvests. Christmas Day sun gave us 
a cold wet Easter too, plus six snowfalls before 
June 1, although not here in the south east. 
That is one snowfall for each hour of sunshine 
on Christmas day. It snowed last Thursday on 
Blancathra in the Lake District. 

“Dissecting and translating all that nature 
told me from these two days is very accurate in¬ 
deed, as nature is never wrong. The interpreta¬ 
tion falls down at times, but is getting better all 

14 Week ending June 7,2015 

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SUNSHINE: Rachel Mackley says the weather is set to improve - but it may not be a case of 'phew, what a scorcher’ just yet... Picture: BBC 

the time. 

“So, we will have a good grain har¬ 
vest which needs dampness, heat and 
sunshine, so we’ll have dampness 
and heat in July, and sunshine in Au¬ 
gust with heat and dry harvest condi¬ 

“The Fruit harvest must have no 
frosts in May because frost kills the 

blossoms. Then we have rain and 
sunshine to swell and ripen the fruit. 
There was no frost at all in May. 

“It was cold and wet, but to have a 
good summer you need a cold wet 

“So the fruit harvest is guaranteed 
- just see the beautiful cherries this 
year already, a good year for plums 

too, as for all the fruits, both wild and 

“I predict only one hay harvest this 
year - that is June, just look at the col¬ 
ourful rich meadows out there. 

“Soon the dry will come for a per¬ 
fect hot sunny, dry, calm hay harvest. 
The same for the pea harvest too. 

“June will be, for the greater part, 

dry warm sunny calm, with some hot¬ 
ter days for sure. But a word of caution, 
the hottest days in June give the cold¬ 
est days in the following February. The 
end of the month, tends to be damp. I 
see a damp end to the month. 

“July will also be damper than av¬ 
erage, but warm - excellent grain 
growing conditions. 

kk Next week will not 
be a heatwave and I 
don’t think we’re going 
to be experiencing a 
heatwave, but it will 
definitely be much 
more summery vv 

Rachel Mackley, 

BBC South East weather presenter 

“There is a reliable old saying ‘two 
full moons in the month means a wet 

“There are full moons on the sec¬ 
ond and 31, which is a Blue Moon, 
hence the saying ‘once in a blue 
moon’, as they turn up about every 
four years or so. 

“To compound this, all the moons 
for the month are wet moons. This is 
according to my 12th century moon 
chart, which is about 90 per cent ac¬ 

“There may be a warmer dry peri¬ 
od around July 11 to 15. The 14th is 
one of the hottest days of the year too, 
but July will be damp and warm. 

“August is a mixed bag - maybe 
from six to 20th there will be some 
real summer, with 11th to 15th close 
to the hot period. After that, it’s all 
downhill for a bit. 

“So, will there be a scorching hot 
three months? Not really.” 

And it’s going to be bad news for 
winter haters. He said: “Another cau¬ 
tion comes for the coming winter - it 
will be hard long and cold. 

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Tattoo hygiene scheme launches 

The new voluntary rating began in Medway this month, but it has been met with mixed reactions... 

by Molly Kersey 

T HIS week saw the launch 
of a new hygiene rating 
scheme for tattooists and 
semi-permanent make-up 
artists in Medway. 

In a similar way to food hygiene 
ratings, the voluntary scheme will 
see tattooists given a score of one to 
four - determined by how clean and 
hygienic their operations are. 

One is the lowest score that can be 
achieved, two is satisfactory, the ba¬ 
sic minimum standard, and three 
and four are good and very good 

Once they have been given their 
scores the tattoo studios can then dis¬ 
play a certificate, which proves their 

The scheme is supported by the 
Tattoo and Piercing Industry Union. 

Medway council’s portfolio holder 
for community safety Peter Hicks 
said: “This scheme will enable cus¬ 
tomers to make an educated choice 
about which business to select and it 
will allow the council to drive up 
standards of those who may not yet 
be operating at the required level.” 

The new scheme officially launched 
on Monday. 

A Medway Council spokesman said 
that it had been developed in response 

to concerns about the transmission of 
infections such as Hepatitis B and 
HIV, which could be contracted from 
unhygienic procedures. 

He added: “A particular concern 
lies with unregistered practitioners 
who operate illegally from their home 
kitchen or bedroom. 

“The aim of the scheme is to make 
the public aware of the risks of skin 


piercing, promote consumer choice 
and protect public health, whilst 
showcasing those businesses who 
operate to a high standard of 

However, the scheme has been met 
with some scepticism. 

Mike Jay, of Andy Jay Studios in Ro¬ 
chester, said: “I have looked at it and 
studied it and I don’t see the point of 

it. As far as I can see, they are trying 
to cut down on people working at 
home, which is obviously a good 
thing, don’t get me wrong. 

“The problem of people tattooing at 
home absolutely, definitely needs to 
be dealt with. It’s a major issue. 

“In the professional industry we 
are in, people working from home are 
very much frowned upon and any¬ 

thing done to prevent that is a major 
benefit to the health and safety of the 
public, but I can’t understand how a 
star rating on already qualified 
studios is going to make any differ¬ 
ence to that whatsoever. We are al¬ 
ready health approved. 

“The people tattooing at home 
aren’t really going to come up and say 
‘please give me four stars’. 

“It’s illegal to tattoo at home full 
stop, so they aren’t going to own up to 
doing it. All licensed studios already 
have an operating license. 

“As far as I can see this is putting 
more regulation on already regulated 

He added: “People go to tattooists 
at home because they don’t want to 
pay any money. Running a profes¬ 
sional tattoo studio isn’t cheap.” 

He said that a lot of money went 
towards maintaining hygiene 
standards and updating their 

“That’s where it’s going- paying for 
that safety,” he said. 

“It’s not certain whether I am go¬ 
ing to sign up to it yet. 

“My customers say that it won’t 
make any difference if I haven’t got 
stars in my window. 

“This has been a tattoo studio since 
1975 and I am the fourth generation 

“Nearly all of my business comes 
from personal recommendation.” 

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By Chris Britcher & David Powles 

T HERE have been some signs 
in the last six months the 
tide may be turning and 
campaigners hope their 
message is finally getting 


Just this week, after pledging an ad¬ 
ditional £25million compensation 
package, prime minister David Cam¬ 
eron told the House of Commons a fur¬ 
ther statement would be made before 
the summer recess. 

He added: “All of us as MPs have 
come across people, who for no fault of 
their own, were infected with blood 
contaminated with hepatitis C - and 
that has had very serious consequenc¬ 

es for them.” 

Victims and their families - who so 
far have received derisory pay-outs on 
a controversial sliding scale depend¬ 
ant on just how badly their health has 
deteriorated - will be hoping their 
calls are met. 

Politically, however, there appears 
to be progress. 

As well as Scotland’s Penrose Re¬ 
port and the January 2015 All-Party 
Parliamentary Group inquiry into the 
financial support given to victims, in 
January several MPs debated the 

But there still remains much to 

The nearest there has been to a full 
inquiry on English cases came in 
2007 when Lord Archer of Sandwell 
chaired an independently funded 

The report suggested UK authorities 
had been slow to react, but accepted it 
was hard to directly apportion blame. 

He said the main responsibility for 
the tragedy rested with the US suppli- 

kk Government needs 
to be waking up to the 
idea this is the fault of 
its predecessors, and do 
what it can. Proper 
compensation needs to 
be provided. Jf 

Mike Eddy, 

Labour leader, Dover council 

ers of the contaminated blood prod¬ 
ucts and that commercial interests 
appeared to have been given a higher 
priority than patient safety. 

He also said a public inquiry should 
have been held earlier and criticised 
the decision of the Department of 
Health not to give evidence publicly 
and hold back certain documents. 

This is a position that is supported 

by others. Mike Eddy is the Labour op¬ 
position leader of Dover council. He 
said: “This scandal is one the big prob¬ 
lems we have inherited from Margaret 
Thatcher’s time, and it is because 
cheap providers in the US were used, 
without any concern for the quality of 
the blood products. This is a result of 
trying to do something on the cheap - 
and in health care, cheap doesn’t 
work. You need to pay the right price 
for the right product. 

“You can get leeches for free in some 
African rivers - but they’re not very 
good for treating diseases. 

“The government needs to be wak¬ 
ing up to the idea this is the fault of 
their predecessors, and do what they 
can It’s too late for many people’s 
health, but certainly, proper compen¬ 
sation needs to be provided. 

“The apology given by David Cam¬ 
eron was like a lot of his apologies: a 
bit lack lustre.” 

Unsurprisingly, some of the coun¬ 
ty’s Tories are very supportive of Mr 
Cameron’s position on the scandal. 

Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP Gor¬ 
don Henderson said: “I believe the 
prime minister is very committed to 
addressing the scandal. In the last 
parliament he gave a very explicit 
apology. My position is that I will be 
supporting the actions that are being 
taken for an all party group on con¬ 
taminated blood and will continue to 
do that.” 

He is supported by South Thanet 
MP Craig Mackinlay who said: “It’s 
the most appalling situation and it’s 
very sad for those affected. I am very 
supportive of the people who have 
been affected by the situation. The 
prime minister has apologised to them 
and I stand by that apology. There are 
people in my constituency who have 
been affected by the contaminated 

“The NHS have learned from the 
situation, but as we have seen, there 
are illnesses that we don’t always 
know about. There may be another vi- 

Continucs on page 20 

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Week ending June 7,2015 19 

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THOUSANDS of people were infected 
with the hepatitis C (hep C) vims after 
being given contaminated NHS blood 
products between 1970 and 1991. 

Many were haemophiliacs - an 
affliction which prevents the blood from 
clotting and, as a result, can lead to 
uncontrollable bleeding. 

However, many took a product called 
Factor VIII which was injected into 
them. Comprised of multiple blood 
donations, it allowed the blood to 
naturally clot for a temporary period. 
Depending on how bad your condition, 
many took it daily or just occasionally. 

During this period an estimated 
32,000 people, scores of them from 
Kent, were infected through tainted 
blood and blood products, many of 
which were commercially manufac¬ 
tured and sold, without safety checks, to 
the British government from the USA - 
in addition to unchecked British 

These products came from numerous 
suspect and high-risk sources, includ¬ 
ing prisons, drug addicts and the 
homeless, but the government contin¬ 
ued to import them even after being 
given warnings they carried a risk of 

More than 1,500 people were 
infected with HIV along with hep C. It is 
estimated the scandal has cost around 
2,000 lives so far. That is a figure which 
continues to rise. 

In terms of death toll, it is the 15th largest 
peacetime disaster in British history. 

Although more than 30,000 people are 
thought to have been given contaminated 
blood products, only 6,000 people are 
estimated to know it. 

Among the haemophilia population in 
the UK it is thought almost all who took the 
treatment during the period may be 

Steve Dymond, 59, from Broadstairs was 
born with haemophilia and was infected 
with hepatitis C. He has cirrhoris of the 
liver, is under going a cancer scare as a 
result, and saw his family and career 
ambitions devastated by the effects of the 
illness. He is unable to get a job as a result 
of his health and he and his wife are forced 
to share the home of his 85-year-old 

"It’s difficult not to be completely 
consumed by the insanity of it all,” he told 

‘ ‘We try hard not to get caught in that 
state of mind. 

"The most vicious wish is that anyone 
responsible would lose their homes, their 
pensions like those who suffered did. 

"The best we can hope for is the people 
who make a lot of appalling, careless 
decisions, who defended indefensible 
decisions, still have to look at themselves 
in the mirror and somewhere there must 
be something which wakes them up at 

"That’s what we cling on to.” 

ACTION : David Cameron has promised a further announcement on the scandal later this year 

Continues from page 19 

rus around the corner.” 

In other countries criminal 
cases have been pursued where it 
has been proven warnings were 
ignored. That has been proven to 
have happened in the UK, so why 
has there been no prosecutions 

A Department of Health 
spokesperson said: “With the ex¬ 
ception of a very small number of 
cases where compensation has 
been paid out due to proven neg¬ 
ligence or fault under the Cus¬ 
tomer Protection Act 1987, no li¬ 
ability has ever been proven or 
accepted. Successive govern¬ 
ments have, however, voluntari¬ 

ly established financial assist¬ 
ance schemes for those affected, 
which to date have paid out over 
£365m to affected individuals.” 

However, there could be thou¬ 
sands more who were infected by 
blood products but do not know 
about it. Hepatitis C, which at¬ 
tacks the liver, is known as the 
‘silent killer’ as its presence is 

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‘TERRIBLE’ : MP Damian Green says he wants 'truth to emerge’ 

often only detected once it has 
caused serious damange to the 

A Department of Health 
spokesperson said: “There have 
been two look back exercises 
with the aim of tracing those 
with bleeding disorders that 
may have been infected from 
NHS provided blood products, as 
well as those infected with HIV 
and hepatitis C. 

“If anyone is concerned that 
they may have been infected 
with hepatitis C they should 
contact their GP, a sexual health 
clinic, a GUM (genitourinary 
medicine) clinic or drug treat¬ 
ment service, all of which offer 

testing for hepatitis C which can 
be done using a blood test.” 

For many, the fact hepatitis C 
- which is passed from blood-to- 
blood - is an illness associated 
with drug takers, who pass on 
the illness by sharing needles, 
adds an additional stigma. 

Ashford MP Damian Green 
added: “It’s a terrible situation. 
It was clearly appalling mis¬ 
management at the time, and 
it’s a tribute to so many people 
for digging away at it that we 
have got to a point where there 
could be a full inquiry. 

“I would like to see the whole 
truth emerge, and we will find 
out more in due course.” 


YOU would be hard pushed to find a 
group of people as repeatedly let down 
by the state as the thousands affected by 
the contaminated blood scandal. 

This failure runs deep and is a scar on 
the good work that those tasked with 
serving the public so often do. 

Go back to the start and a series of 
ill-judged decisions have ultimately set 
so many families down a path that 
no-one would want to contend with. 

For whatever reason, be it to save cash 
or with good intentions at heart, the 
decision all those years ago to import 
and use unchecked blood and blood 
products into the UK was a terrible 

But for those products to continue to 
be used for several years after the 
potential dangers were known is nothing 
short of negligent. In some countries 
they regarded it as criminally so. 

If, since then, all had been done to 
make the lives of those poisoned as 
simple and pain-free as possible, this 
would probably be a matter that could 
be consigned to the history books. A 
stain on the country’s history - but one 
that had been wiped away. 

But this stain lingers. 

While it may be too late for criminal 
prosecution to be brought on anyone 
found to have been involved in those 
early ill-fated decisions, it is entirely 
understandable that campaigners feel 
bitter at a lack of accountability 

over the issue. 

We welcome the government’s 
pledge to make historical documents 
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scrutiny through the National Archive. 

However, all that may end up doing is 
add to the campaigners’ sense of 
injustice, should they be able to read of 
the many failings to impact them, but not 
feel anything can be or has been done 
about them. 

There has been an All-Party Parlia¬ 
mentary Group inquiry into the financial 
support provided to victims - but we 
support the campaign group’s calls for a 
public inquiry into the events that led to 
the tragedies and that lessons that could 
still be learnt. 

The least these people deserve is to 
have their day in a public forum. 

That cannot be it, however. What good 
is such an inquiry if sufferers and their 
families have to continue to live in 
poverty because illness caused by 
government mistakes makes them 
unable to provide for themselves? 

In the Republic of Ireland, victims 
received an acceptable lump sum 
payment for their agony and pain, along 
with regular support, and that should 
happen in England too. 

It is estimated such a payout would 
cost £1.5billion, roughly the same 
compensation given to victims of the 
Equitable Life financial scandal. 

Sir Edward Leigh, MP for Gainsbor¬ 

ough, was right when he said in 
January’s House of Commons debate on 
the issue: ‘We caused this and we have 
to put it right... They (Equitable Life 
victims) have lost their savings, not their 
life... why do we baulk at similar figures 
for those whose whole lives have been 
ruined and ultimately many of them 

On top of this, consistent levels of 
financial support need to be given to all 
hepatitis C sufferers, no matter how 
serious the government believes their 
problems to be. That also needs to apply 
to widows and their families. 

It is good news the new drug, 
predicted to potentially end suffering for 
many victims, will soon be available on 
the NHS - but the delay in rolling it out is 
unacceptable and will mean months of 
unnecessary pain for many. 

And with the government’s own 
figures suggesting the true scale of this 
problem is not yet known, an awareness 
campaign to spread knowledge is 
essential, as is adoption of the one 
recommendation from Scotland’s 
Penrose Inquiry, that anyone who had a 
blood transfusion before 1991 should be 
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last Sunday and delighted fans. But, as Chris Murphy reports, there were big delays reaching the site 

O RGANISERS have hailed 
last weekend’s concert by 
music legend Sir Elton 
John a big success - but 
apologised to thousands 
of fans after they were stuck in two 
hour traffic jams to get both in and 
out of the venue. 

Some 14,000 attended the sold-out 
outdoor show at the County Show- 
ground in Detling last Sunday. 

The 68-year-old thrilled the audi¬ 
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hits at the Kent Event Centre venue, 
near Maidstone. 

But many felt the sparkle was taken 
off the event by traffic problems get in 
and out of the show. 

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Getting in was no easier either. One 
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the jams. Seats for the show cost up to 
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Many were held up to such an extent 
they missed the start of the show. 

A statement from the Kent Event 
Centre said: “We are aware there 
were some delays on the road access¬ 
ing the centre owing to a number of 
reasons and that some visitors at¬ 
tending the concert experienced road 
traffic delays which is very unfortu¬ 
nate; we are sorry that some people 
had this experience. 

“There was a crash close to the 
M20 roundabout at junction seven 
on the north bound carriageway 
which contributed to queues to enter 
the venue grounds. In addition, our 
understanding, based on similar 
events, was that the arrival of the au¬ 
dience was expected to come in over a 
number of hours between 2pm and 
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“However this staggered arrival did 
not happen, we believe potentially 
due to the fact that it had been rain¬ 
ing very heavily and attendees de¬ 
layed their arrival, resulting in a high 
volume of arrivals at the same time. 

“Once the congestion was identi¬ 
fied, an additional entrance to the 
ground was opened to help to clear 

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seated to watch Elton John as the per¬ 
formance began. A very small 
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ground after Elton John’s perform¬ 
ance was under way. 

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“We will definitely be undertaking 
a review of this event and will con¬ 
tinue to work closely with promoters, 

local highways agencies and public 
services to see how we can avoid any 
unnecessary traffic delays.” 

Ben Martin, from Marshall Arts, 
the promoters behind the event, told 
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were caught up in the jams. The traf¬ 
fic system was not our responsibility, 
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enjoyed watching a great show. 

“And the sun came out to brighten 
up the end of a gloomy day at just the 

right time. 

“This certainly has not put us off 
coming to Kent again sometime in 
the future.” 

The flamboyant singer, who holds 
the record for the UK’s biggest selling 

single with his 1997 re-make of his 
classic Candle in the Wind, was last 
in Kent was 2006. 

He performed in Canterbury at the 
home of Kent County Cricket Club. 

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long and hugely successful career, he 
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Mr Martin added: “I am delighted 
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was flicked and the sun came out. I 
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“The show from our side, and I was 
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“It looked like they were having a 
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“The upside was the sunshine and 
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was no cloud cover. 

“I feel people didn’t worry about 
that as they were on their feet and 
dancing along. 

“We have had great success with 
Elton in Kent. Given the large number 
of people who want to see him, we 
will have to wait and see if we return. 
I am glad to see this latest show was a 

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involvement with the company stretching back over 
twenty years. 

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work in partnership with many Local Authorities across 
the South East of England. 

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their home communities, resulting 
in a change of school, community, 
friends and religious contacts. 

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referrals from Local Authorities, but 
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Fighting to nurse 
NHS trust back 
to rude health 

He earns £294,000 as the interim chief executive 
of East Kent hospital trust, tasked with turning its 
fortunes round. Sarah Linney finds out his plans 

S TAFF shortages, risks to patients’ 
safety and a culture of bullying and 

Last year’s report on the East Kent 
Hospitals University NHS Founda¬ 
tion Trust - which runs the William Harvey 
Hospital in Ashford, the QEQM in Margate 
and the Kent & Canterbury, made pretty 
damning reading. 

The trust was rated as “inadequate” by 
health regulator Monitor, placed in special 
measures and accused of “serious failings”. 

What’s more, it has admitted it is at the very 
first stage of considering proposals to shift 
A&E care from the QEQM and William Harvey 
to a centralised one at Canterbury. News 
which has raised considerable alarm among 
the local population. 

Enter a new, interim, chief executive, tasked 
with turning its fortunes around and all for a 
headline grabbing £294,000 salary - double 
that of prime minister David Cameron. 

Chris Bown indisputably has a good track 
record - he helped transform the fortunes of 
Stafford Hospital. The question now is can he 
make a difference here? 

“People do not come to work to be bullied, 
harassed or disrespected, whether that comes 
from a manager or a colleague. These things 
are not tolerated,” Mr Bown told KoS. 

“We have been undertaking a programme 
of change, so that people can come forward if 
someone is making their life a misery - and 
people are coming forward more. 

“We have very similar challenges to the rest 
of the NHS. Recruitment is a challenge, as 
there is a shrinking market. 

“We have recruited nurses from Spain and 
Italy to help with the shortfall, but a lot of it is 
being covered by agency nurses and we are 
looking to recruit overseas again. We want to 
recruit as many British staff as we can, but 
everyone is fishing in that pond." 

The trust is due to be visited by the Care 
Quality Commission next month, but the out¬ 
come is uncertain. 

“Whether we have made enough progress 
to come out of special measures, who can 
know?” Mr Bown said. 

“But coming out won’t be the end of the 
journey, just the beginning. We are working 
to put in place programmes of improvement 
that will carry on for years.” 

The trust also has a deficit of £8 million, 
which many suspect is the reason why it is 
talking about shutting two of three A&E de¬ 

But Mr Bown denies that this is the main 
motivation and says the closures would be 
better for patients. 

“Things cannot stay the same - it is not sus¬ 
tainable, clinically or financially,” he said. 

“This is driven by the availability of the clin¬ 
ical workforce. Recruiting A&E consultants is 
very difficult. There is a national shortage of 
them. All hospitals are faced with the same 

“If money was no object, we would have ex¬ 

actly the same problem. We will listen to what 
people have to say, but patient safety has to be 
central to any plan.” 

And he says the plans are driven, not by 
management, but by doctors. 

“It is not our plan - it is an option that clini¬ 
cians feel would provide effective and safe serv¬ 
ices, as the limited number of doctors and spe¬ 
cialists could be concentrated in one place to 
provide 24/7 cover, which is not the case across 
three sites,” he said. 

“We have been doing this for years in the 
NHS where there’s proven clinical benefit in 
travelling further. If you have a serious heart 
attack in Margate, you are flown or taken by 
ambulance to the William Harvey Hospital, 
where they can apply a stent and undertake 
complex procedures very quickly - and the 
clinical outcomes for heart attacks have im¬ 
proved across east Kent. Paramedics are highly 
skilled people, and an ambulance is like a mini 
operating theatre. 

“If it was my family, I would want them tak¬ 
en to a hospital that was fully equipped with 
senior doctors and special equipment.” 

One might suggest that not employing a 
manager on a salary of £1,400 a day might be 
a good way to help the trust start recouping 
that £8 million. 

However, Mr Bown points out that he is in 
charge of an organisation with a turnover of 
more than £500 million and 7,500 staff - and 
is working pretty much seven days a week. 


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and offering adventure and fun 

Molly Kersey speaks to people behind Kent organisations to see if they have stood the test of time 

B UILDING campfires, tying knots and 
learning signs and salutes. 

These are traditional images that 
might spring to mind when discuss¬ 
ing the Guides and Scouts. 

Born in the early 1900s - led by Robert Baden- 
Powell and his sister Agnes - the groups have 
been around for more than 100 years, surviving 
two world wars and celebrating their centenary 
in 2009. 

They meet once a week, giving children the 
chance to take part in games and activities with 
girls and boys their own age. 

And with high-profile members including 
Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret - who en¬ 
rolled as a Guide and Brownie respectively in 
1937, the organisations have an impressive 

So have they stood the test of time? 

Louise Barkes, Girlguiding development 
worker for Kent West, thinks so. 

“We have over half a million members with 
Girlguiding, and we have got over 100,000 vol¬ 
unteers,” she told KoS. 

And moving with the times has been a key 
part of this. 

“It’s all very relevant. As the times change the 
girl’s interests change and so do the activities 
that we offer,” she said. 

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said: “We are thriving in membership. We cur¬ 
rently have 550,000 members. 

“We have grown especially in teenagers. We 
have got 40,000 of those now. 

“We have made sure that the programme we 
offer young people is active and interesting. 
For the teenage range you do lots of overseas 

“Young people of that age like to care about 
others, so we have introduced a number of op¬ 
portunities that help them work in their com¬ 
munity and have adventures around the 

He said adventurer and TV presenter Bear 
Grylls, who is the UK’s Chief Scout, had helped. 

“Bear Grylls has helped tremendously be¬ 
cause he’s ‘super cool’ and people want to be¬ 
come like him. Also, the Duchess of Cambridge 
is a volunteer adult, so people think ‘if she is 
busy and she can find the time to help out oc¬ 
casionally then I can as well,” he said. 

So what can people expect if they join the 
Scouts or Guides? 

Some traditional elements have remained, 
with most groups likely to perform the three 
finger salute - made with the thumb of the 
right hand holding down the little finger- 
when greeting other Scouts or as a mark of re¬ 
spect at ceremonies. 

Taps, a short song, is also sung by many 
Guides and Scouts at the end of their session. 

But, what happens during the weekly meet¬ 
ings can change a great deal. 

Ms Barkes said: “For one group it could be 
completely different to another group.” 

Steve Newton, leader of the Dartford Cam¬ 
bria Sea Scout group, said: “We teach them 
kayaking, sailing, rowing, power-boating and 
everything water based on top of the normal 
scout things. 

“Some children get the opportunity to do 
that sort of thing but not normally at prices 
that are affordable to most. 

“I think it gives opportunities to bond with 
other children and learn different skill sets. 
Schools don’t really teach the out of bound 
stuff and lighting fires.” 

The organisations are open to every child, 
with a small subscription fee required. 

Each of the groups are split into three age 
range categories - Rainbows, Brownies and 
Guides and Cubs, Beavers and Scouts. 

Mr Newton said that some children who 
joined the group were very introverted, but you 
could see a gradual transformation. 

“I have seen that, especially with the sailing 
side. It gives them an aim to work towards when 
they see the older children, who are sailing re¬ 
ally well. 

“There is a complete progression, not just in 
those skills but in their life really. There are 

some children that are very shy and don’t mix 
very well but they may well be some of the best 
sailors, but just haven’t tried it to find out. When 
they become good at something they will natu¬ 
rally become more outgoing.” 

Ms Barkes said that there could be real bene¬ 
fits to joining. 

“It’s mainly to do with confidence and self be¬ 
lief,” she said. 

“It’s all different backgrounds and groups are 
mixed, it gives a different opportunity to what 
they would have within their normal everyday 

Mr Carter thinks there can be future employ¬ 
ment benefits too. 

“When you look at what industry values it’s 
team work, leadership, organisation, and young 
people who can do that get on well in their ca¬ 
reer and those are the skills that we teach young 
people. Further education is important but so is 
the ability to work in a team, lead a team. Every¬ 
thing that you do when you are a scout,” he said. 

He said that while youth membership is thriv¬ 
ing, adults are required to help. 

“The challenge we have is needing enough 
adults to deliver the project for young people. For 
every four to five young people you need another 
adult,” he said 

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DAZZLING: Organisers will be hoping for good weather to shine on the popular annual event CROWDS: All 18,000 tickets have sold out well in advance 

Sell-out success as flight festival 
gets ready for take off once more 

It’s up, up and away for Biggin Hill event which opens its gates next weekend. Chris Murphy reports 

O RGANISERS of one of the 
county’s biggest and 
most eagerly anticipated 
air shows this week sold 
out of tickets for the Big¬ 
gin Hill Festival of Flight. 

The show takes place on Saturday, 
June 13, and will feature a host of top 
entertainment both in the skies and 
on the ground. 

But if you haven’t got a ticket now, 
then it’s too late - all 18,000 advance 
tickets have been on sale since April 
and the last was sold on Thursday 
morning. There will be no tickets 
available on the day. 

The airfield, which played a key role 
during the Second World War and is 
now a major private airport, is no 
stranger to accomodating big crowds, 
with a rich history of staging some of 
the most spectacular public displays 
over the years in various guises. 

This year’s Festival of Flight, which 
will play special homage to the 75th 
anniversary of the Battle of Britain, is 
being co-ordinated by outside com¬ 
pany Synergy Events. 

A spokesman told KoS: “We have 
been selling hundreds of tickets a day, 
and it always looked like we were 
heading for a sell-out. 

“People love this show and are get¬ 
ting in touch all the time. They are 
being sold in advance simply to limit 
the number of people turning up. 

“There is a strict limit of 18,000 
and if they were sold on the door, it 
could lead to people eventually being 
turned away which would be really 

Among the displays will be the al¬ 

ways popular Red Arrows team 
which will be one of a number of 
aerobatic display teams flying in spe¬ 
cially for the event. 

Also to be seen is an RAF Typhoon, 
Hurricanes, Spitfires, a monster Chi¬ 
nook helicopter, a Swordfish biplane, 
wing-walkers and the B17 Sally B 
bomber - the star of big hit Hollywood 
movie Memphis Belle and the last re¬ 
maining airworthy plane of its type 
in Europe. 

Firmly on the ground will be mili¬ 
tary vehicles, dancing, singing, and 
children’s areas. 

Simon Ames, spokesman for the 
airport, said: “The show is sold out 
this year. 

“The show has got a great heritage 
with a history of success and the pub¬ 
lic have enjoyed it for many years. 

“We are focusing on the community 
and hope local families will come and 
see the airport operating in a different 
way with lots of flying and things to do 
and see on the ground too. 

“It will be a mixture of commemo¬ 
ration, with the 75th anniversary 
of the Battle of Britain, and celebra¬ 

The airport played a major role 
during the Battle of Britain, allowing 
our fighter pilots to get into the air as 
they waged a hugely dangerous war 
in the skies above Kent in a battle for 
aerial supremacy. 

The RAF went head-to-head with 
the Luftwaffe over three months, 
starting in July 1940, as they fought 
to prevent Germany from gaining 
aerial superiority. 

Biggin Hill - then an RAF base - 

served as one of the principal fighter 
bases protecting London and south 
east from attack by enemy bombers. 

It is estimated that over the course 
of the conflict, fighers based at Biggin 
Hill claimed 1,400 enermy aircraft. 
However, it did not come without a 
cost. Some 453 aircrew based at the 
airfield were killed. 

The bravery of those who took part 
and those who perished during the 
conflict will be remembered during 
the Festival of Flight next Saturday. 

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Call for Tories to slash 
the burden of red tape 

by Molly Kersey 

S MEs are demanding the 
new Conservative 
adminstration slash red 
tape and make good 
their promises contained 
in the recent Queen’s Speech. 

According to a study released on 
Friday by Lloyds Bank Commerical 
Banking, 52 per cent of SMEs 
(small and medium enterprises) 
across the south east want red tape 
slashed, while 35 per cent want 
better incentives to invest, and 
another 36 per cent say the skills 
gap needs urgent attention 
through more vocational educa¬ 
tion such as apprenticeships. 

Other key concerns were the 
perennial issues of tackling late 
payment and financial advice (28 
per cent) and opening up barriers 
to overseas trade (22 per cent). 

It comes after the Government 
vowed to save a collective £10bn 
for British businesses and crack 
down on late payment problems. 

Ian Patterson of Lloyds Bank 
Commercial Banking, said: “Small 
and medium sized businesses have 
clear views on what the new 
Government’s priorities should be, to 
help with their growth ambitions. 

“Businesses have welcomed the 
Government’s recent commitment to 
cut red tape and they recognise it as a 
priority. However, they will want 
reassurance that their concerns 

about skills, investment and export 
will also be addressed.” 

It broadly reflects a survey by the 
Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). 

Alison Parmar, development 
manager at the Kent FSB, said of 
red tape: “It’s so time consuming 
and often complicated, small 
businesses really do find that it 
slows them down so much.” 

Some 51 per cent of FSB 
members wanted a simplified tax 
system. “We know the government 
has promised a review, and we 
want them to push ahead with a 
full reform of it,” Ms Parmar said. 

“Some of the things that the FSB 
have been asking for are already 
taking place and we want to make 
sure that continues.” 

Leisure complex to 
get £1.7m revamp 

THE firm which 
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Friday work was 
due to begin on : 
transformation of 
the site next month. 

Sport and leisure manage¬ 
ment charity Fusion Lifestyle, 
along with Tunbridge Wells 
Borough Council, will see 
facilities at the St John’s Road site 
upgraded with a new gym and 
indoor cycling area. 

Brake Bros make 
top company list 

FOOD distributor Brake Brothers 
has been named in the top 20 of 
the 14th Sunday Times HSBC 
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The list, published this 
weekend, ranks Britain’s 100 
private companies with the 
biggest sales. 

Some 24 of the list are 
headquartered in the south east, 
excluding London, with Ashford 
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Market site invests £1.8m to broaden its 
retail offering away from town high street 

THE doors of Gravesend Borough Market Hall 
have closed ahead of a £1.8m refurbishment. 

It is hoped that the revamp, which has been 
funded by a Big Lottery Grant, will give business 
in the area a boost - connecting the High Street 
and Queen Street as well as providing business¬ 
es with an alternative to the busier New Road. 

“What none of us want to see is our town cen¬ 
tre concentrated to one road,” said Samir Jassal, 
Gravesham Borough Council’s cabinet member 
for business development. 

“The whole idea is to spread the town centre 
around and encourage footfall and jobs. 

“I would like to think that it offers something 
different in a different corner of the town.” 

The money for the refurbishment was award¬ 
ed to Gravesham Borough Council as part of the 
Coastal Communities Fund. 

The fund provided money to 36 seaside towns 
in order to help them increase job opportunities 
and boost growth. 

The refurbishment is set to benefit 40 local 
businesses and create an additional 35 jobs for 
people in the area. 

Mr Jassal said that a consultation was still on¬ 
going in order to determine exactly what will 
happen next. 

“We are engaging with people who specialise 
in markets,” he said. 

“Every so often markets need to reinvent 
themselves to keep up with what’s going on. 
You can see some great examples of markets 
working all over the country. 

“If you look at the markets, there are often dif- 

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concentrated to one road. 

The whole idea is to spread 
the town centre around and 
encourage footfall and jobs j j 

Samir Jassal, cabinet member for 
business development. 

ferent kinds of customers to those who want to 
shop in your general high street branded shops. 

“That’s why it’s so important that the consul¬ 
tation is done right, and time is taken to see 
what people want and what works.” 

The proposed alterations include creating a 
new entrance canopy on Market Square and in¬ 
troducing new stall structures with roofs, roller 
shutters and partitions. 

“It’s going to be a combination of permanent 
and pop-up stalls. It’s going to look nice,” added 
Mr Jassal. 

As well as this refurbishment, the Queen Vic¬ 
toria statue is also set to be cleaned and repaired 
at a cost of £20,000. 

Current market stall holders will be relocat¬ 
ing to vacant units, including the unit in the St 
George’s Shopping Centre - near the play area, 
and a small number will cease trading. 

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by Chris Britcher 

HOLIDAY Extras’ expansion has continued, af¬ 
ter it moved its shortbreaks team into the newly 
renovated site the company was first created in. 

The company, which specialises in selling 
add-ons for holiday makers, such as airport 
parking and hotel stays, started life in Apple 
Barn on the A20 at Smeeth before moving to 
purpose-built headquarters a little over a mile 
away at Newingreen. 

The shortbreaks team, which specialises in 
trips and stays at the UK’s leisure parks and 
West End shows, will now move back into the 
converted barn, which has been completely 
renovated after a £lm overhaul. 

Simon Hagger, CEO of Shortbreaks Holiday 
Extras, said: “It’s great to be back at Apple Barn 
- this was where I started my career at Holiday 
Extras 18 years ago and I’m delighted to have 
come full circle with our shortbreaks team. 
Since starting shortbreaks ten years ago we 
have created over 120 local jobs and our excit¬ 
ing growth plans meant that we had real confi¬ 
dence to expand our operations and take on 
the extra space at Apple Barn. 

“I’d like to thank the team who have put in 

HQ : Holiday Extras’ Newingreen base 

so much work to make the new offices such a 
success. The architects WaM (Walker and Mar¬ 
tin) had an ambitious concept to create an envi¬ 
ronment with a genuine ‘wow factor’ by blend¬ 
ing key elements of the original barn with new 
modern features to fit the needs of high tech 
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retail and leisure facilities to 
revitalise the town and elevate 
the area’s tourism offering. 

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Branson boost 

AN entrepreneur from Canter¬ 
bury, who launched his business 
thanks to funding from Virgin 
Startup, is celebrating after 
winning the opportunity to 
develop his business growth 
strategy with Sir Richard 
Branson this Thursday. 

George Edwards, 19, will get 
one-to-one time on the inaugural 
Virgin Atlantic flight to Detroit. 

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s celebrated 

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by Molly Kersey 

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strong association with a global 
sporting brand, there can be fewer 
greater achievements than laying 
claim to providing the strawberries to 

The classic fruit is as synonymous 
with SW19 and the All England Lawn 
Tennis & Croquet Club, as betting is 
with the Grand National. 

And for many years Hugh Lowe 
Farms in Mereworth, near Maid¬ 
stone, have served up literally tonnes 
of strawberries - 30 tonnes will be de¬ 
livered when the tournament starts 
on June 29 - to a company called 
FMC, a subsidiary of catering giants 
Compass, which has the contract to 
supply to the tennis extravaganza. 

The benefits to the local economy 
as a result are considerable. 

Explains Marion Regan, managing 
director of Hugh Lowe Farms: “It’s 
entirely a seasonal business. The 
Kent soft fruit season starts in April 

HIT: As Andy Murray seeks to win his second Wimbledon crown, 30 tonnes of Kent strawberries will be served. 

and keeps going until the end of 
November. We gear up for the peak of 
the season, which is around 
Wimbledon time - even though they 
are a week later this year. 

“Although we have about 35 full 
time employees we need up to 500 

seasonal staff.” 

This year’s crop is predicted to be 
one of the best for years due to weath¬ 
er conditions - even though most of 
the fruit is grown under protective 

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sure that we have fruit available, we 
don’t want to go short. 

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in their specifications for many, many 
years. They want something that is a 
quintessentially British summer 
strawberry, like Sonata and Elsanta.” 

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On a wing and a 
prayer: The fight 
of the bumblebee 

Short-haired bumblebees went extinct in the UK 
in 2000. reports on their return 

T HERE can be few more 
iconic images of British 
summer than that of the 
short-haired bumblebee 
hopping from plant to 
plant fulfilling one of the most essen¬ 
tial - yet frequently over looked - roles 
in the sophisticated ecological 
fraamework; pollination. 

At least, so you would think. 

But the truth is that this particular 
variety was last seen in the UK in 
1988 and declared extinct on our 
shores in 2000. 

Until, that is, a major reintroduc¬ 
tion programme got under way in 
recent years right here in Kent. 

And this week, that continued on 
the shingle banks of the sometimes 
desolate surroundings of Dungeness. 

Monday saw the latest controlled 
released of another batch of the in¬ 
sects, specially imported from Swe¬ 
den, and which experts hope will see 
the fledgling colony strengthen. 

It is the result of the coming to¬ 
gether of scientists and experts from 
National England, the Bumblebee 
Conservation Trust, the RSPB and 
Hymettus, a leading research and 
advice organisation specialising in 
the conservation of bees, wasps and 
ants across the UK. 

Nikki Gammans is a project officer 
for the collaborative short-haired 
bumblebee partnership. She says: 
“Bees are a flagship species. Having 
them in an area helps support other 
species, including farmland birds, ro¬ 
dents and a diversity of insects. 

“They are responsible for pollinat¬ 
ing so many crops, and are a charis¬ 
matic and beautiful species. Anyone 
whose studied them can see the 
queens have different personalities. 
Some are feistier and others can be 
more shy and retiring. 

“On top of that, they are very valu¬ 

able, and bring a lot to the economy 
through the work they do pollinating 

In fact, through the pollination of 
commercial crops, industrious insects 
are estimated to contribute over £400 
million per annum to the economy. 

The short-haired bumblebee, also 
known as bombus subterraneus, is 
one of 27 bumblebee species native to 
the UIC. 

According to a spokesman for Nat¬ 
ural England, the Government’s natu¬ 
ral environment adviser: “Although 
the short-haired bumblebee was con¬ 
sidered to be locally common in east 
Kent and Suffolk at the beginning of 
the 20th century, that declined rapid¬ 
ly after the 1960s. 

“The bee was last recorded in Brit¬ 
ain from Dungeness during an exten¬ 
sive survey of the invertebrates of the 
area in 1988, and was not found in ei¬ 
ther 1997 or 1998 despite targeted 

“There are no records from Scot¬ 
land or Northern Ireland, and no con¬ 
firmed post-1960 records from Wales. 
This bee is widespread in Europe but 
declining over much of its former 

Increasing demands on food pro¬ 
duction, as well as the introduction of 
new technologies meant that tradi¬ 
tional agricultural techniques were 

The new methods, which produced 
new food, also reduced the number of 
wildflowers in the countryside - bad 
news for bees who rely entirely upon 
flowers for food. Their populations 
started to decline, with two species 
dying out. 

The short-haired bumblebee part¬ 
nership was formed in 2009. Initial 
efforts to import the bees (see time¬ 
line) proved ineffective with bees 
found in New Zealand all dying before 



The Short- 
haired bumble¬ 
bee partnership 
is formed. 

2009 AND 2010: 

Attempts were made to captive 
rear and export queens back from 
New Zealand to the UK but with 
limited success. Results from 
genetic analysis showed high 
levels of inbreeding. 

ICONIC: Short-haired bee is making a return on the Kent coast 

they had got through quarantine to 
re-enter the UK. Instead, bees in Swe¬ 
den were sourced and the programme 
started enjoy some success with an¬ 
nual releases from 2012. 

Explains Dr Gammans: “Working 
alongside me are 29 volunteers - they 
are all brilliant and have dedicated 
their own time to the project.” 

In order to reintroduce bees, they 
had to be brought over from Sweden. 
They were then quarantined before 
being released. 

“There are bee disease specialists,” 
explains Dr Gammans. “Samples are 
screened, and if they have diseases, 
they are not released - around 50 per 
cent of the queen bees are diseased. 

“The plan is to have five years of re¬ 
leases in total. After releasing them, 
we observe the, to track how they are 

This is a case of walking to try and 
find them - we go to suitable foraging 

areas, as the bees know the best 
sites to forage.” 

One of the project’s objectives 
was to get the bee into people’s con¬ 

Dr Gammans says: “The plight of 
the bee has really attracted atten¬ 
tion - and it’s fantastic talking to so 
many people who care so much 
about our threatened bumblebees. 
People have really started to get in¬ 
terested, which was an aim of ours.” 

There are ways how those who 
are interested can help local bees. 
“Several bee species are in real 
trouble and have been in decline for 
many years,” says Dr Gammans. 
“But if we all make an effort to plant 
the right native nectar-rich plants 
in our gardens then we can make a 
big difference. 

“Lavender is my favourite - it 
looks and smells beautiful and 
bumblebees just love it.” 



replaces New 
Zealand as a 
source for bees. 

MAY 2011: 

An initial visit to Sweden found 
suitable source locations. A sample of 
bees were collected and have been 
checked for diseases at Royal 
Holloway University of London. 

MAY 2012: Short- 
haired bumblebees are 
released in Kent - nearly a 
quarter of a century after the 
bee was last seen in Britain. 

JUNE 2013: 

A further 50 
bumblebee queens 
are released. 

^ W M 

JULY 2013: 

The first short-haired bumblebee 
workers were recorded within 5km 
of the release zone. This means the 
queen bees had successfully 
established nests within the area for 
the first time in 25 years. 

MAY 2014: 

Another 50 queen 
bees are 

JULY 2014: 

Three worker bees 
were recorded 
foraging within the 
Dungeness area. 


2015: 50 bees 
were released 
in Dungeness. 

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VITICULTURE: Scientists will be studying the science and production of grapes 

How the county’s scientists are 
taking English wine to next level 

East Mailing Research is turning its attention to science of the grape, as Maria Chiorando reports... 

K ent is already a world 
leader in soft fruit pro¬ 
duction - and now wine 
is firmly set in the coun¬ 
ty’s sights. 

Scientists at horticultural research 
centre East Mailing Research (EMR) 
have set up a project, pairing aca¬ 
demics and new wine production fa¬ 
cilities in a drive to improve the UK’s 
burgeoning market. 

“The industry here is booming,” 
says Ross Newman, head of commu¬ 
nications, at EMR. “The climate in 
the UK, and especially here in the 
south east is similar to how the 
Champagne region was in France 20, 
25 years ago. 

“So there is every reason the wine 
sector can flourish further.” 

EMR has planted a research vine¬ 
yard for both scientific and demon¬ 
stration purposes, growing seven va¬ 
rieties of grape, including red and 
white. The vineyard will ensure that 
research is directly applicable to com¬ 
mercial vineyards and also provides 
an essential tool to help test new 
methods and novel ideas within the 
research into viticulture. 

The country has 470 vineyards, 
and in Kent alone, there are more 
than 350 acres of land dedicated to 
cultivating grapes as well as a bus¬ 
tling local trade, that makes up a 
good chunk of the country’s 150 

“The industry’s retail value is over 
£80 million, with around 4.45 million 
bottles of wine being produced in 2013. 

Mr Newman says: “There’s some¬ 
thing very significant happening, 

and a lot of it is happening in Kent. 
Now we need science to move the in¬ 
dustry further. 

“Traditionally at EMR we have fo¬ 
cussed on soft fruits, strawberries, 
raspberries are a big thing here. 

“And we have been responsible ad¬ 
vances in the ways fruit such as ap¬ 
ples are grown around the world. 

“The advances we have made have 
been phenomenal, so now we are 
looking at applying world class re¬ 
search to viticulture.” 

Viticulture is the science, produc¬ 
tion, and study of grapes. It deals with 
the series of events that occur in the 

“We have been looking at aspects of 
this for years,” explains Mr Newman. 
“There are a lot of challenges that 
face growers, pests, diseases and also 
crop efficacy. 

“Because of our location in north 
west Europe we have disease pres¬ 
sures due to the warm, wet climate.” 

Julian Barnes is the MD of Bid- 
denden Vineyards in Ashford. 

The company grows 11 different 
grape varieties on 23 acres of gentle 
south facing slopes. 

It produces white, red, rose and 
sparkling English wines, which are 
pressed, fermented and bottled on the 
estate. He says: “There has been a 
huge increase in the amount of inter¬ 
est in English wines over the last few 

“This ties in with a general grow¬ 
ing interest in local produce. 

“We are always looking to inno¬ 
vate, so research is very important. 

“To have scientists of EMR’s calibre 

working on it is very exciting.” 

In order to carry out the research, 
the centre has appointed a head of 
viticulture - Dr Julien Lecourt, who 
recently completed a PhD studying 
the rootstock effect on nitrogen use 
efficiency in grafted grapevines at the 
University of Bordeaux in France. 

According to Mr Newman, Dr Le¬ 
court is Very much enthused by the 
opportunity to exploit the specific 
conditions we have here to produce 
something unique to British wines’. 

Everywhere you grow crops has its 
own variables, in terms of climate 
and soil, and according to EMR it’s 
important to work with the condi¬ 
tions you have in order to create the 
best product. 

Mr Newman says: “All too often we 
try and grow something the way it’s 
grown in other countries - we need to 
look at how can create our own prod¬ 
uct rather than imitating others.” 

And there is certainly plenty of 
scope to increase local grape yields. 

Dr Lecourt says: “Currently, the 
UK imports around 240,000 tonnes 
of table grapes with a value exceeding 
£300 million per year. This is in stark 
contrast to the embryonic UK-grown 
table grape sector which represents 
less than 0.5 per cent of the market. 

“If we succeed in finding the varie¬ 
ties and systems best suited to eco¬ 
nomically sustainable production in 
the UK, we could certainly look to 
valuable import substitution. 

“However, this will need scientific 
studies to determine the cultivation 
systems that are most productive in 
the UK climate. 

EXPERT: Dr Julian Lecourt 

“Concerning wine grapes, there is 
huge potential for producing in¬ 
creased quantities of high quality 
wines in the UK. The industry here is 
becoming well-organised and, I be¬ 
lieve, will have an increasing demand 
for research targeted at quality and 
productivity, but also to improve 
environmental sustainability and 

“There is a huge opportunity to ex¬ 
ploit the unique UK ‘terroir’, the com¬ 
bination of environmental and physi¬ 
cal growing conditions, and establish 
bespoke UK vines for UK wines.” 

Mr Barnes adds: “We are in a situ¬ 
ation at the moment, where the 
chemical list of sprays we can use to 
combat disease is being reduced. 

“As we get chemicals banned, we 
are ending up having to treat differ¬ 
ent diseases. 

“Some farmers - maybe the older 
ones - would say the sprays we are 
losing have a much broader level of 

“We are trying to find things that 
are not chemicals - looking at using 
natural ingredients to combat these 
problems, so that we can make an or¬ 
ganic product. 

“One of the major things we strug¬ 
gle with in this country is mildew. 

“If we can start to deal with these 
kind of issues, we are looking at much 
bigger plant yields, which could save 
money for us and then of course the 

While it sounds very theoretical, 
Mr Newman is keen to point out the 
research will benefit production. “We 
put industry at the heart of our work,” 
he says, “And we definitely believe the 
country can and will create world 
class wines. We have a unique cli¬ 
mate here, and we need to capture 
that. We are committed to focusing 
on the science - and communicating 
that to help the industry.” 

Mr Barnes adds: “As we grow more 
of our own fruit we may move into a 
situation where we are growing table 
grapes, as well as the wine grapes we 
produce now. 

“If you had asked me 10 years ago 
whether I would think we’d be pro¬ 
ducing red wine, I would have been 
sceptical. We are always looking to 
make advances, so this kind of re¬ 
search really benefits everyone in the 
agricultural community. 

“We really need to look at spending 
more money on research and devel¬ 
opment across the board.” 

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Rae Morris spoke to Molly Kersey about her upcoming Tunbridge Wells show 

I T has taken Rae Morris a great 
deal of soul-searching to get to 
where she is today. 

The singer-songwriter has 
previously recorded with 
artists including Bombay Bicycle 
Club and Clean Bandit. 

Since then, her electro-ballads 
and stage presence have gained her 
a huge amount of popularity- with 
songs including Love Again, Under 
The Shadows and Don’t Go earning 
her success. 

Delving into the emotional 
aspects of growing up and personal 
relationships, her debut album 
Unguarded was released this year 
to a plethora of critical acclaim, 
reaching the top 10 in the UK 
album charts on its release. 

Now, she will be joining Tom 
Odell when he performs at the 
Bedgebury Pinetum, near Tun¬ 
bridge Wells, on June 19. 

The performance is part of 
Forestry Commission’s Forest Live, 
a tour of the nation’s forests. 

“I can’t wait, I am really looking 
forward to it. I have never been to 
Tunbridge Wells before so it will be 
nice,” she said. 

“I played at City Sound and that 
was my first time in Kent, we 
played in Canterbury. 

“I have only ever played outside 
when it’s at a festival, so it will be 
interesting as a headline venue. 

“It will still be light, so I guess 
we’ll get to see the sun go down.” 

She has performed with Mr 
Odell, whose debut album Long 
Way Down shot straight to number 
one, before. 

“I supported Tom on one of his 
2013 tours, we actually got on 
really well,” she said. 

“We ended up playing one of my 
songs, Grow, and collaborating on 

that. He’s a really nice guy.” 

And she hasn’t ruled out the two 
of them working together again in 
the future. 

“The good thing about collabo¬ 
rating is it usually comes about 
really naturally, so we’ll see.” 

Ms Morris will be performing 
tracks from her album Unguarded. 

So what can audiences expect? 

“It’s my debut album that I 
released in January,” she said. 

“When I first started writing the 
songs I was 17. They were the first 
ever songs I wrote. 

“I was just learning how to write 
and what I wanted to say through 

“Really it’s a journey. It’s a 
coming of age story and people can 
almost hear the progression and 
hear the change in tone.” 

The singer knew that a musical 
future lay in store early on in life. 

But she never dreamed how 
much her career would take off, 
thinking instead that she would 
pursue a future in music therapy. 

“I started playing piano really, 
really young. I always knew it was 
going to be a part of my life. 

“I didn’t think that I could 
actually be the face of it as well.” 

And recording her album was 
something of a transition. 

“Playing live was my thing, so I 
had to go from playing live all the 
time to recording those songs.” 

So where does she find inspira¬ 
tion for her music? 

“There are lots of different layers 
to it. The people around me have 
been really inspiring,” she said. 

“A lot of the songs are inspired by 
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A VARIETY show featuring 
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by Molly Kersey 

T HE stage adaptation of 
Julia Donaldson’s 

popular children’s book 
Stick Man will be 
performed at the Or¬ 
chard Theatre, Dartford. 

The family-friendly show will be 
in town on July 20 and 21. 

Adapted from the illustrated 
book, with pictures created by 
Axel Scheffler, it tells the story of 
Stick Man, who lives in a tree with 
his ‘Stick Lady Love’ and three 

It charts his adventures as he 
makes his way into the outside 
world, which he quickly discovers 
is a dangerous place to be a stick. 

A dog wants to play fetch with 
him, a swan builds a nest with him 
and he even ends up on a fire. Will 
he be able to make it back to the 
safety of his family tree? 

Speaking about her inspiration 
for creating the book, writer Julia 
Donaldson explained: “The Gruff- 
alo’s Child has a little stick doll and 
then that set me thinking about 
sticks and how they can become so 
many different things, 

“I remembered how when my 

sons were little they would play 
with sticks and they would be eve¬ 

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time and how a stick can be mis¬ 
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for lots of different things. 

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sand castle, it can become a stick 
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bat and ball game.” 

The story of Stick Man evolved in 

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Stick Man, with Santa Claus play¬ 
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“I knew from very early on that 
I wanted to get Stick Man back to 
his tree,” said Ms Donaldson. 

“I liked the idea of him being 
dropped into the tree and the obvi¬ 
ous person to do that was Santa 

“And it also fitted with the idea 
of the book travelling through the 

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ANATHEMA: Are just one of the bands at The Ramblin’ Man Fair 

By Maria Chiorando 

T HE Ramblin’ Man Fair 
music festival takes 
place in Maidstone’s 
Mote Park next month. 
And organisers have 
announced more about the acts 
that will perform. 

The festival showcases classic 
rock, progressive rock, country 
and blues over the weekend of July 
25 and 26. 

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Seasick Steve. 

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in the early 1970s. 

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career milestone and indication of 
his legacy, he was inducted into 
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 
1995 and still tours worldwide to 
this day. 

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Seasick Steve’s performance on 
Jools Holland’s 2006 New Year’s 
Eve Hootenanny, was an object 
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words and music, and conveyed 
with the minimum of complexity. 

And it was that performance 
that placed him on the path to 
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he and drummer Dan Magnusson 
have become today. 

Tickets are available from www., and start at £55. 

SEASICK STEVE: The musician 
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BLUES: Gregg Allman is widely 

Heavy metal band at Leas 

HEAVY metal band Bullet For 
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Folkestone, on October 18. 

Tickets for the show are 
available to buy now. 

To book, call 0844 871 3015. 

Hit musical Evita in town 

THE hit musical Evita will be performed at the 
Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone. 

Created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim 
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It will run from June 10 to 13. 

Visit to book. 

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PERFORMER Richard Digance 
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The singer and guitarist has 
previously supported Steve 
Martin and Robin Williams. 

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Let tood be vour medicine and hea trom within 

A new, more holistic way of eating is making waves on the health scene. Kate Whiting finds out more 

L ILY Simpson and Rob Hob¬ 
son are the best advert for 
their new cookbook, The 
Detox Kitchen Bible, arriv¬ 
ing for our interview fresh- 
faced and sparkly eyed, while I’m 
nursing a chocolate hangover from 
leftover Easter Eggs (yes, in May). 

But they’re not meeting me to 
preach about going wheat, dairy and 
sugar-free: they’re hoping to share 
the message that cutting down on 
those foods just 80 per cent of the time 
will give you more energy - and help 
you to live healthily without the need 
for crash diets. 

“Our detox is not as you’d imagine, 
it’s not a strict regime, it’s a lifestyle 
change,” says Lily, who’s multitasking 
as she speaks, breastfeeding her six- 

month-old son Finley and sipping on 
a hot chocolate (“half milk, half wa¬ 
ter”), with her dog Rudy sitting obedi¬ 
ently at her feet. 

“We’re saying, ‘If you eat really well 
80 per cent of the time, then 20 per 
cent of the time, you can go out and 
have some drinks, indulge and have 
whatever you want’. Once you under¬ 
stand that and listen to your body, 
you don’t need to worry, because you 
know what to cook that makes you 
feel good. 

“It’s really important that people 
become connected again with what 
they’re eating.” 

The book is split roughly in two 
parts, with delicious, healthy recipes 
from Simpson making up the first 
half, which all come with a list of the 

HEALTHY: The couple are glowing 
with health 

health conditions they can be useful 
for, and the second part is nutrition 
advice from Hobson, with suggested 
detox plans designed to help your 
heart, bones, digestive system, mind, 
weight and immunity, among other 

Nutritionist Hobson says the best 
approach is to embrace healthy eating 
as a whole lifestyle, rather than a diet, 
and go slowly. 

“The way that people end up not do¬ 
ing anything is they just try and do it 
all at once. Take small steps. Take one 
recipe a night and start with cooking 
something fresh,” he says. “If you’re 
eating lots of sugar, don’t give it up 
straight away, just eat one biscuit in¬ 
stead of two. 

“We’re not telling anyone to do an¬ 

ything we don’t do. I like a glass of 
wine in the evenings, but I know that 
most of the time, my food is spot on, I 
exercise, I try and get as much sleep as 
I can, you’ve got to try and find a bal¬ 
ance and it’s different for everybody.” 

Simpson is all about the balance, 
too. “I eat butter on toast for break¬ 
fast, I have a really filling lunch and a 
healthy dinner and then I probably 
have a glass of wine and a chocolate, 
so it’s kind of that balance,” she ex¬ 

“Some of the unhealthiest people 
I’ve seen are walking around ‘health 
food’ shops. They follow really strict 
diets, they’ve eradicated everything, 
they’re living on supplements, they 
look so tired, they’ve just got it 

Ramsey all grown up 

CRITICALLY acclaimed stand-up 
comedian and regular on ITV2 
comedy show Celebrity Juice, Chris Ramsey 
will be performing at the Folkestone 
Quarterhouse on December 3. 

His new show, Chris Ramsey: All Growed 
Up, explores his experience of getting older, 
taking responsibility and the frightening 
realiations that come along with adult life. 

For tickets call 01303 760750. 

Food show is taking off 

I THE Quex Food, Drink and Craft Show, 
taking place on June 13 and 14, is now 
in its seventh year. 

There will be more than 40 stalls of crafts, 
along with Kentish foods and drinks, 
including bread and cake from local bakers, 
soups, olives and savoury eats. 

Entrance is £1 for adults but free for 
accompanied children under 12. For details 

Oklahoma due in town 

PULITZER prize winning musical 
Oklahoma! will be at the Marlowe 
Theatre, Canterbury, from June 16 to 20. 

Set in the Oklahoma territory in the early 
1900s, the musical tells the story of two sets of 
star-crossed lovers. 

Their stories are told with the help of hit 
songs including Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’ 
and the title song. 

For tickets, call 01227 787787. 

Adventure in Aladdin 

PANTOMIME adventure Aladdin will 
be performed at the Leas Cliff Hall, 
Folkestone, from December 22 to January 9. 

The show will be directed by Bob Osborne 
and produced by Neil Hunnisett. 

It will feature musical numbers, lavish 
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Last call for gardeners to enter the 2015 Kent Life Garden of the Year and Primary School competition 

VICTORY: Children at Whitstable and Seasalter Endowed Church of 
England School, the winners of primary school garden of the year 2014 

H OW is your garden look¬ 
ing this year? Pretty spe¬ 
cial? Then why not show 
it off to other readers and 
enter the Kent Life Gar¬ 
den of the Year or Primary School 
Garden of the Year competition. 
You’ll be in with a chance of winning 
some fabulous prizes and full cover¬ 
age in your favourite glossy lifestyle 
county magazine. 

The closing date for entries is 
Friday, June 12, 2015 

Eight finalists will then be selected 
and visited by the judging panel, 
headed up by award-winning garden 
designer and plantsman Roger Platts, 
after the closing date. 

All finalists’ gardens will be photo¬ 
graphed by Kent Life between June 19 
and July 2. 

All finalists will also be invited to a 
celebratory high tea in a marquee at 
Hadlow College on September 17, 
2015, where the winners and run¬ 
ners-up will be announced after a de¬ 
licious afternoon tea and a chance to 
explore Broadview Gardens. 


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egory, will each receive: 

■An engraved bench from Coolings 
Garden Centre, Knockholt 
■£250 of garden vouchers from 
Coolings Garden Centre, Knockholt 
■Framed personalised certificate 
■Pictorial feature in Kent Life 

Six runners-up (four adults and two 
primary schools) will each receive: 
■£100 of garden vouchers from 
Coolings Garden Centre, Knockholt 
■Framed personalised certificate 


The judges will look at the overall de¬ 
sign, planting and maintenance of 
the garden, and the strength of the 
owner or school gardening club’s 
connection and involvement with 
the garden. 

For children: are there any cross¬ 
curricular activities related to the 
garden, or any eco-friendly or sus¬ 
tainable plans you can tell the judges 

Kent Life regrets that photos and 
sketches cannot be returned and 
that by submitting them you are 
agreeing to their use in Kent Life and 
its associated websites and 

Entries from previous years, apart 
from the winners, are warmly wel¬ 

How to enter 

You can enter online at 
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Or send an email with your entry 
and digital images to sarah.sturt@ 

Or post a hard copy and photos to 
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■ The category you are entering 

■ Four to eight photos of the garden 
(they can have been taken last year) 

■ A plan of your garden (optional, 
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■ A bit about yourself/yourselves, 
your garden and your personal con¬ 
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ELEGANT: Prue Seddon’s classic garden won amateur garden of the year 
in 2014 

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By Hannah Stephenson 

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I ’VE ALWAYS found that buying 
flowers is so much less rewarding 
than growing them myself. 
When I see a beautiful bouquet, I 
often consider whether I could 
replicate its contents in my own 

As the forthcoming British Flowers 
Week aims to encourage people to 
think about where their flowers come 
from - about seasonality, locally 
grown blooms - it may be time to 
have a go at growing your own cut 

Think about growing some of our 
favourites and find out what’s on trend 
with the following top tips from arti¬ 
san growers: 

“Peonies are always popular and will 
be at their peak during British Flowers 
Week,” says Rachel Siegfried of Green 
And Gorgeous (www.greenandgor- “We are finding 
that the single peonies are really trendy 
in lemons and corals. Single varieties 
such as ‘Coral Charm’ and ‘Claire de 
Lune’ are particularly beautiful.” 

Top tips: Always plant peonies shal¬ 
low, never deep, literally just below the 
surface. You have to wait for three 
years until you can start picking from 
them. Pick your peonies at the ‘marsh¬ 
mallow stage’ when the coloured buds 
are soft to the touch. That way your 
peonies will definitely open properly 
and have a good 10 days’ vase life. 

“Sweet peas are one of the classic 
English cut flowers, but they are plants 
that you can’t leave in the garden and 
forget! They need a bit of work,” says 
Gill Hodgson of Fieldhouse Flowers 

founder of Flowers From The Farm. 

Top tips: Don’t plant them out too 
early, as they do get checked by frost. 
Successionally sow them every four 
weeks, because sweet peas are only at 
their best for picking for about four 
weeks and then the stems go short and 
get pollen beetle. Take time to dead¬ 
head them and tie them in, says Rachel 

Siegfried, who will be opening her 
nursery for Pick-Your-Own Sweet 
Peas, tours and flower demonstrations 
during British Flowers Week. 

“I support my sweet peas with rows of 
canes to clamber over,” adds Carole Potil- 
la, of Tuckshop Flowers (www.tuckshop- “Don’t overcrowd your 
sweet peas, because if you do it gets too 
dry and they can get mildew.” 

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fashioned but brides love them, espe¬ 
cially the peach and lemon shades, 
says Siegfried. 

“Alstroemeria are very popular in 
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and pinks and they last for ages. They 
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Stop push to 
centralise A&Es 

SEEING the £1,400 a day ‘interim’ 
CEO of East Kent Hospitals 
University Foundation Trust 
(EKHUFT), Chris Bown on ITV 
Meridian news answering 
questions about the recent 
devastating proposal to centralise 
all A&E in east Kent to one hospital 
in Canterbury, he trotted out the 
same old phrases about people will 
need to be taken to where their 
treatment will be ‘safe’. 

What neither he, nor his 
predecessor have said, is that being 
treated locally - to us, that is at the 
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother 
Hospital (OEOM) in Margate, it 
would become unsafe when 
EKHUFT themselves move 
departments and consultants out 
of the QEQM thereby ‘centralising’ 
emergency care. 

It will be EKHUFT themselves 
making it ‘unsafe’ to get emergen¬ 
cy care anywhere other than 
where they centralise it. 

When EKHUFT adopted the RCS’ 
(Royal College of Surgeons) new 
‘trauma pathway’, commencing 
April 8, 2013, they were legally 
obliged to hold public consultations 
prior to doing so. 

They did not do so by using a 
legal loophole, calling the adoption 
of the William Harvey Hospital 
(WHH), at Ashford - Thanet’s 
nearest trauma unit - ‘interim’. 

One assumes the WHH is still 
‘interim’ because there still has 
never been any public consultation. 

What EKHUFT choose to ignore 
completely is that the new trauma 
pathway specifies quite clearly that 
access to either a major trauma 
centre or a trauma unit must be 
“inside 45 minutes”. 

We all know it is impossible to 
get from anywhere in Thanet to 
the WHH in less than 45 minutes 
so, incidentally, does the ambu¬ 
lance service who calculate the 
journey ‘on blue lights’ from the 
QEQM to the WHH to be 50 

Don’t let them get away with it. 

Betty Renz, 


Bible back in the 
gay debate... 

ALL Phil Granger does is ‘prove’ 
the contradictory nature of the 
Bible, a book I regard as only 
garbled history, myth and legend 
albeit with a variable thread of 
morality the best of which may be 
the sermon on the mount. 


\ - - - 

Blood scandal must 
see justice is served 

I HAVE just finished reading the 
two articles in the Kent on Sunday 
(last two weeks) about the awful 
way people have been infected 
with the most horrible diseases by 
contaminated blood. 

I was even more shocked when 
the articles are about people I know 
very well. I knew Steve [Dymond, 
featured in the article after 
developing hepatitis C] doesn’t enjoy 
the best of health, but never realised 
just how serious his health problems 
are. When it finally sank in how 
much and for how long they have 
suffered I just burst into tears. 

I have known Betty [his 
mother-in-law where he and his 
wife live] for over 10 years. As a 
mother myself, I find it very 
difficult to imagine having to live 
every day with the sadness that 
she was unable to protect her 
daughter and son-in-law from 
having their lives shattered. 

I know how painful being a 
widow is, but cannot even begin 
to understand what Su [Steve’s 

However, the fact is that whilst 
writers of it, at the time, may have 
said not a letter should be changed; 
it has been found from rediscov¬ 
ered documents to have had just 
that happen. 

For instance, one of the earliest 
scrolls, the fourth century Codex 
Sinaiticus, was found to have had 
35,000 amendments to it; and 
since he mentions Moses, the 
original texts of the Israelites 
leaving Egypt says they did not 
cross the Red Sea, but a Reed Sea. 

These latter are still known on 
the Nile Delta today; and the 

wife] has gone through never 
knowing when her husband will 
be taken from her by this 
unforgiving disease. 

My late husband and I were 
always pleased to pay our taxes 
knowing that in some way they 
would be used to help people in 
distress. I really do not understand 
why the government over the last 
30 years has not done much more 
to compensate the victims 
properly. In my walk of life, if 
someone does something wrong, 
they have to take responsibility, 
own up and put right the wrong 
and so should the government. 

I do so hope your campaign in 
Kent on Sunday will make sure that 
this appalling scandal is sorted out 
properly once and for all. 

I do enjoy reading your paper 
with its mix of local news and 
human interest stories and it does 
you great credit you are prepared 
to take on this very serious issue. 

Carol Birch 

whole original event has been 
dated to around 1620BC and the 
eruption of Thera which destroyed 
the Minoans, as well as likely 
coinciding with a locust year and 
an outbreak of plague in the 
Israeli area, who were also not 

Later, during the mainly 
European 13th/14th century 
crackdown, the original term 
‘human breath’ was changed to 
‘human spirit’, apparently because 
it sounded better. Are all these 
re-writers are ‘burning in hell’, as 
implied by Mr Granger? I rather 

think not. 

Today however, it must also have 
been much to Mr Granger’s; and 
indeed Mary McNulty who 
previously backed another’s 
gay-cure nonsense; chagrin that 
the people of that most Catholic of 
countries Ireland voted over¬ 
whelmingly in a referendum; the 
first country to allow such; to 
accept gay marriage. 

If they can move on from such 
rigid interpretations of the Bible 
then so I suggest can everyone else 
including Mr Granger et al. 

Indeed, many Christians I know; 
be they straight or gay; just place 
their God at the beginning of the 
Universe and then work via the 
laws of physics and evolution, 
including the variability of 

Ray Duff, 


Hunting ban 
must be kept 

REGARDING your article on 
foxhunting [KoS, last week], it is 
obvious why the promised vote to 
repeal the 2004 Hunting Act was 
not mentioned in the Queen’s 

David Cameron must be aware 
that there are numerous petitions 
on line urging him not to have this 
free vote. 

These are attracting thousands 
of signatures from those who are 
strongly opposed to the return of 
this barbaric sport. 

Hunters claim the sport keeps 
the number of foxes down, but if a 
hunted fox goes to ground, terrier 
dogs are used to flush it out and so 
prolong the brutal chase. 

It is just a cruel bloodsport. 

The law has been passed, and 
instead of a repeal to appease a 
minority of bloodthirsty hunters, 
which includes our prime minister, 
the 2004 Hunting Act should be 
strengthened to prevent foxes 
being illegally hunted. 

Legalising hunting would mean 
not only foxes, but hares, deer and 
majestic stags being chased to 
exhaustion and then ripped to 
pieces by hounds. 

This barbaric sport has no place 
in the 21st century and must stay 
in the past as have cock-fighting 
and bear-baiting. 

Imagine if the 1840 Anti-Slavery 
Act had been repealed and laws 
prohibiting young children 
working in the mines had been 

There were those who wanted to 
retain these abominations. 

Vivien Clifford, 



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• Integrated touchscreen navigation 

• Handsfree keycard 

• 4-year warranty* 

0% APR £159 


The official fuel consumption figures in mpg (l/100km) for the cars shown are: urban 40.4 (7)—47.88(5.9); extra-urban 60.1 (4.7)-70.62 (4); combined 51.4 (5.5)—60.1 (4.7). The official C0 2 
emissions are 127-105g/km. EU Directive and Regulation 692/2008 test environment figures. Fuel consumption and C0 2 may vary according to driving styles, road conditions and other factors. 

‘Clio Monthly payment shown based on £2,247 deposit, 36 monthly payments of £149, and an optional final payment of £5,664. Captur monthly payment shown based on £2,087 deposit, 36 monthly payments of £159, and an optional final payment of £7,584. Twingo monthly payment shown based 
on £575 deposit, 36 monthly payments of £119, and an optional final payment of £5,136. Finance provided by Renault Finance, PO Box 149, Watford WD171FJ. Subject to status. Guarantees and indemnities may be required. You must be at least 18 and a UK resident (excluding the Channel Islands). 
Terms and conditions apply. Our dealership introduces customers to a limited number of financial providers including Renault Finance. Offer based on 6,000 miles per annum, excess mileage 8p per mile inc VAT. Offers cannot be used with other schemes or finance offers and are available on featured 
new vehicle when ordered and registered between 1 June 2015 and 30 September 2015. fFour-year warranty applies to new vehicles when ordered from a UK Renault-approved dealer. Warranty up to 4 years/100,000 miles (whichever comes first). For full warranty terms and conditions visit Clio shown has optional Flame Red Renault i.d. metallic paint, available at an additional £595. Excludes Renaultsport models. Captur shown with metallic i.d. paint, available at an additional £495 and painted roof at £399. Twingo shown with optional Powder Blue paint at £225. 




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A T a stroke, Vauxhall has upset the 
city car segment pecking order by 
reviving the Viva name - missing 
from UK roads since 1979. 

This modern-day counterpart is 
an irresistible bargain from £7,995, driving as 
well as it looks, being cheap to insure and run - 
up to 65.7mpg combined with £20 a year or zero 
road tax to pay - generously equipped, and able 
to seat five, when many city car rivals are strictly 

It also comes in versatile one-size-fits-all 
five-door format and just two trims, SE and SL, 
with standard kit including tyre pressure 
monitoring, lane departure warning, speed- 
sensitive power steering with easy park ‘City 
Mode’ function, electric front windows, electri¬ 
cally adjustable/heated door mirrors, cruise 
control with speed limiter, steering wheel 
mounted audio controls, tiltable steering column 
plus height adjustable driver’s seat, and 60/40 
split-folding rear seat back. 

Adding air con costs £500 on the SE - elec¬ 
tronic climate control being standard on the 
impressively posh SL model (£9,495). 

All models also come with Vauxhall’s brilliant 
1.0-litre engine, already seen in turbocharged 
format in the brand’s other small cars, the latest 
Corsa and the Adam. 

The inherent roughness of the three-cylinder 
has been engineered out to leave a light yet 
powerful unit. The Viva’s 75bhp normally- 
aspirated variant plus five-speed manual ‘box 
obviously lacks the punch of the turbo version, 
but Vauxhall argues that this delivers the price 
point required at this end of the market and the 
Viva seems none the worse for it. 

For such a small car it also rides spectacu¬ 
larly well, while offering good cornering grip 
and minimal roll; far from being a second car, 
the Viva is all the car most households need. 

It has just two real rivals and currently 
undercuts both on price; Hyundai’s ilO and the 
VW Group’s cloned VWUp/SEAT Mii/Skoda 
Citigo series. 




FIRST DRIVE: It’s classed as a city car, but the new baby Vauxhall is all the 
car that most people will need, writes Steve Loader... 

North & West 

Week ending June 7,2015 53 



14 Plate 

Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 SE 5dr 

ONLY £ 8,967 

ovfi £7,000 

against cost when new £16,000 


Citroen Berlingo 

15,326 miles 

ONLY £8,200 

ONLY £7,617 


MG MG31.5 VTi-Tech 
3Form Sport 

2,563 miles 

ONLY £7,471 


Ford Focus 1.6 

18,438 miles 


Nissan Juke 1.6 
. - :.Sta 16v Visia 5dr 

18,396 miles 

ONLY £9,649 


Peugeot 1071.0 
12v Active 5dr 

^ 26,071 miles 


ONLY £5,616 


Volkswagen Golf 
1.6 TDi Match 

33,466 miles 

ONLY £10,746 

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Kent ME15 9YF 
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MG3 Fuel consumption mpg (I/100km) for MG3 Range: Urban: 37.7 (7.5), Extra Urban 57.6 (4.9), Combined 48.7 (5.8), C02 Emissions 136 g/km. 

Car shown for illustration purposes only. F.G. Barnes & Sons Limited is a credit broker and not a lender Finance subject to status.Terms and conditions apply. Available to 18s and over Guarantee / indemnity may be required. Finance by 
Santander Consumer Finance RHI I SR. You will not own the vehicle until all repayments are made. Please ask for further details. 

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Technical prowess of Skyactiv Mazda6 

Mazda’s advanced technologies make its sleek yet miserly flagship saloon and 
estate range attractive to both wallet and eye, writes Steve Loader... 

Y OU won’t see Mazda 

gambling on untried and 
potentially expensive 
technologies, but we have 
seen the Japanese marque 
reworking and fine-tuning mature 

The result is a suite of clever stuff 
that the brand calls ‘Skyactiv’, 
largely concentrating on saving 
weight while maintaining rigidity 
and safety, driving down emissions 
and fuel consumption while, 
somehow, teasing yet more power 
from its engines. 

Mazda has also developed a clever 
regenerative braking system that can 
save an engine recharging the 
battery, thereby cutting fuel 
consumption by up to 10 per cent. 

Never mind that it’s called i-Eloop, 
making it sound rather too much like 
a Geoffrey Boycott cricket commen¬ 
tary: “The bowler’s given that a bit of 
i-Eloop an’t batsman’s given it some 
ay-oop over mid-weekeet! That’s 
roobish is that. My old mum could’ve 
bowled straighter.” 

Joking apart, all this Skyactiv tech 
is highlighted in the flagship Mazda6 
saloon and estate model - the latter 
being tested here. 

It’s the brand’s third generation 
Mazda6 - a model that revitalised 

Mazda’s fortunes in the Noughties 
- and it has just had a midlife facelift, 
with prices from £19,795. 

That this makeover was minimal 
signals Mazda’s confidence that it got 
things pretty much right first time 
around. On the other hand, the very 
few tweaks show that the brand was 
aware of what could be improved, so 

work on NVH (noise, vibration and 
harshness) counters occasional 
intrusion of road and suspension 
noise that marred the near perfec¬ 
tion of the pre-facelift car. 

The interior was well-arranged 
before, but now also has a more 
premium look about the materials, to 
chime with Mazda’s status as slightly 

above the mainstream sector. 

There has been little meddling 
with the elegant and aerodynamic 
lines of the car, while tax-beating 
benefits to company car user choosers 
remain among the best in this class. 

The car looks elegant and classy in 
saloon or tourer (estate) format, the 
former having the four-door coupe 

Mazda6 2.2D 150ps 
SE-L Nav Tourer 


from £24,795 

Driving appeal: 








Running costs: 


How green?: 


Best rival: VW Passat Estate 

profile that is in vogue. 

Admittedly, the latter’s rakish 
lines cause it to lose out to some 
rivals when totting up load space; 
the new VW Passat, for instance, 
offers 650 litres of boot stowage or a 
crammable 1,780 litres with rear 
seats fully folded, against 508 and 
1,648 respectively for the ‘6’, but the 
Mazda earns bonus marks for style. 

Weight-saving and efficiency gains 
from Skyactiv are also evident on the 
road, with pin sharp handling, 
minimal body roll and good refine¬ 
ment and response from all engine 
options - the slick gearshifting is 
typical Mazda. 

The pick of the engines is the one 
driven here: the 150PS (148bhp) 2.2 
turbodiesel, which is quiet, refined 
and claims 64.2mpg (combined 
cycle) in the estate while still able to 
reach 62mph in 9.2 seconds. 



(representative 3.9% APR) 

For once, parents and lovely off-spring 
can agree, driving a Fiat 500 has never 
been more of a breeze. Low monthly 
payments* give you 3 years peace of 
mind. With servicing* and telematics 
insurance* included, you just turn the 
key and off you go. Harmony, it 
seems, is a car called the Fiat 500. 

For more information visit 


TEL: 0 1 227 828200 W W W. N 0 R T H G AT E - G R 0 U P. C 0 . U K 

Fuel consumption figures for Fiat 500 range in mpg (1/100km): Urban 49.6 (5.7) - 64.2 (4.4); Extra Urban 65.7 (4.3) - 91.1 (3.1); Combined 58.9 (4.8) - 76.3 (3.7). 

C0 2 emissions 113 - 90 g/km. Fuel consumption and C0 2 figures based on standard EU tests for comparative purposes and may not reflect real driving results. ‘Finance subject to status. Guarantees may be required. Fiat Financial Services 
PO BOX 4465, Slough, SL1 0RW. f The servicing plan includes three annual services, authorised service stamps and any product or software update. This plan includes all the parts, labour and fluids required to perform the service schedule created for your car. A Fixed 
price telematics insurance from Carrot Insurance subject to status. Underwritten by Zurich Insurance pic. Promotion available for customers aged 18 to 30, on new Fiat 500 1.2 hatchback models (excluding limited editions). Excess mileage charges apply. 
The package consists of two separate Fiat Financial Services agreements with a blended representative 3.9%APR. The first agreement is a Fiat i-Deal POP agreement with the servicing plan included; this is a three year agreement at representative 2.4% APR. The second 
agreement is a personal loan for the insurance; this is a one year agreement which will be renewed annually for 3 years at representative 9.49%APR, subject to status. Terms and conditions apply. Go to for full details. We work with a 
number of creditors including Fiat Financial Services. 


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Fuel consumption MPG (1/100km) for Hyundai range: Urban 25.2 (11.2) - 70.6 (4.0), Extra Urban 38.7 (7.3) - 83.1 (3.4), Combined 32.1 (8.8) - 76.3 (3.7), C02 Emissions 231 - 96 g/km. 

Fuel consumption: figures shown are based on official EU test figures. These are to be used as a guide for comparative purposes and may not reflect all driving results. Terms and conditions apply. Vehicles shown for illustration purposes only. 
Finance subject to status. Over 18's only. Written quotations available on request. A guarantee may be required. *Part exchange vehicles must have a minimum of 6 months MOT and be free from mechanical faults. 

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Heath Lane, Dartford, Kent DAI 2LY 
Telephone : 01322 224309 

Principal: Seamus Murphy 



Dartford Science & Technology College is seeking to appoint a hardworking and ambitious Health and Social Care 
Teacher with knowledge and experience or understanding of teaching the subject at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. 

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate exceptional teaching and organisational skills and be willing to 
become an integral part of a team who will motivate, inspire and support the students at DSTC. This position would 
be suitable for an NQT. 

DSTC is a Co-operative Trust school and we are committed to supporting our workforce to be the best they can be. 

We can offer accelerated professional development with a personalised approach to developing all our staff through 
coaching, mentoring and both internal and external training. Our new staff will have unparalleled opportunities to 
learn and bring excellent practice to bear in raising achievement for the students of DSTC. 

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure by the Criminal Records Bureau and verification of the right to work 
in the UK. DSTC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all its staff and 
volunteers to share this commitment. 

Please visit the school website for an Application form and Job Description. 

Closing date for receipt of applications: 15th June 2015 Interviews to be held week beginning: 15th June 2015 



W Kent on Sunday 




TELEPHONE 01233 653461 




Sedley’s Church of England (VA) 
Primary School 
Telephone: 01474 833221 

I '41 \ J | + "f 

Abbey Court School 

“We grow people” 

Abbey Court School, a ‘special’ school and a ‘special’ place to work. 

We are currently looking for a 

Speech and Language Therapist 

to join and enhance our high calibre team on a maternity cover 
contract commencing September 2015 

Medway Scale, Grade B2 - £27,924 to £35,662 pro rata 
(term time only - part time or full time hours may be considered) 
Abbey Court School is located on 2 sites; Rainham (Primary) and Strood 
(Secondary and Further Education), and caters for pupils aged 3-19 
with severe learning difficulties. We are looking for an enthusiastic and 
effective Speech and Language Therapist, with a professional, flexible 
approach and a good sense of humour. In essence, somebody with an 
interest in an educational setting and who would like to work in a school 
committed to enabling pupils to reach their full potential. 
Experience and dysphagia training desirable. 

Candidates should hold a relevant Speech and Language 
Therapy degree/qualification. Benefits include: Local Authority 
pension scheme, induction training, performance management 
programme and Continuous Professional Development. 

Visits to the school are welcomed. 

This School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare 
of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to 
share this commitment. Any offer of appointment for post is subject to a 
satisfactory Criminal Record Bureau Disclosure. 

Due to the conditions and complex needs of the pupils at Abbey Court 
School, continuity and consistency of support is paramount, 
and therefore candidates for all positions will need to commit to the 
full working hours of the post. 

For an application pack, or to make an appointment to visit, please 
telephone (stating the role for which you are applying): 

Mrs Linda Taylor, Abbey Court School, Rede 
Court Road, Strood, Kent ME2 3SP 
(01634 338236) 

Please note CV’s will not be accepted 

Closing date: 19th June 2015 



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Aiding Independence Ltd 

"Supporting People to Live Independently" 

We are looking for 


To support adults with a learning disability with all aspects of their 
daily living and personal care. 

You must be flexible, available to work any 5 days out of 7 
including weekends, early mornings, evenings and sleep in duties 
on a rota basis. 

Experience preferred, however, training will be provided. 
Hourly pay £7.50 per hour. 

For an application formplease call 01227 741006 
or email: 

Spencer Private Hospitals are two hospitals situated in East Kent. The larger of the two hospitals is 
a 22 bed independent hospital situated at the QEQM Hospital in Margate, whilst the second hospital 
is a 4 bed independent hospital based at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford. Both hospitals 
have a reputation for providing excellent medical and surgical facilities supported by Specialist 
Consultants, Specialist Nurses and Physiotherapists. We have state of the art diagnostic equipment 
and exceptionally high standards of nursing care. 

The continuing growth of our business has resulted in a vacancy for the following staff: 

Staff Nurse (Outpatients/Pre-Assessment) - Margate 

Part time Hours: 30 per week Closing date: 19/06/2015 
Salary: £19,000-20,000 

Qualifications and Experience 

• Registered Nurse 1st level or Dual Trained Registered Nurse 

• Evidence of continual professional development 

• Experience in a surgical/medical environment with a knowledge and 
understanding of surgical/medical procedures 

Interviews for this role will be held on July 1st 

To discuss this opportunity, or to arrange an informal visit, please 

contact: Carolyn Flegg, Outpatients Manager on 07925 978812 

Senior Staff Nurse - Margate 

Full time Hours: 37.5 per week Closing date: 19/06/2015 
Salary: £26-28,000 per annum dependant on experience 

• Registered Nurse 1st Level 

• Minimum 2 years’ experience, preferably in a surgical environment with a 
broad knowledge and understanding of multi specialist surgical procedures 

• Evidence of continual professional development 

• Teaching and Assessing Course or equivalent 

To discuss this opportunity, or to arrange an informal visit, please 
contact: Mary Guarnieri, Ward Manager, 07786 173797 

For a job description and application form please visit 

Alternatively, please contact Justine Whittle, HR Assistant 

Telephone: 01304 245943 


Require as soon as possible 

Mid-Day Supervisor 

Sedley’s is a small village school based in 
Southfleet, Kent 

Vacancy is to support supervision of 101 children 
during lunchtime. 5 days per week. 12-lpm 
Salary Kent Range Pay Band 2 - £14,099 pro rata 
Previous experience not necessary as training will be 
given. First aid certification would be an advantage 
Successful applicant will be subject to a DBS check 
Temporary in the first instance 
For further information please contact Mrs. Moore 
Closing date 19th June, 2015 

Chaucer College Canterbury 

Chaucer College Canterbury 



Up to £155 per student per week 
during Peak Season 

This Japanese College on University Road, 
Canterbury is looking for host families, 

1 or 2 students for regular two week periods 
Must be located either in Canterbury or 
surrounding areas. 

Interested families should contact the college 
for an informal discussion on 01227 787800, 
or email 
or alternatively visit our website 


38 hours per week 
£8.50/hour plus enhanced rates 
for weekend working. 

Alternating shift system 
covering early and late shifts. 

Duties include, responsible for preparation and 
service of meals in accordance with weekly 
menu cycles, checking and preparation of 
equipment, maintaining a food safe environment 
with high standards of health & safety and 
hygiene at all times, ensuring compliance with 
current legislation. The ability to work as part of a 
team, flexibility and reliability are essential. 
This position is subject to satisfactory references 
and enhanced DBS check. 

To apply, download an application form from 

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KOSMEDIA I Telephone: 01233 653465 

Email: Online: 


Application for Premises Licence 

Gary HARRIS and Lisa MILLER of Mulberry’s, 
2 Station Road, Birchington, Kent CT7 9DQ have 
applied to Thanet District Council, RO. Box 9, 
Cecil Street, Margate, Kent for the Grant of a 
Premises Licence under the Licensing Act 2003. 
A copy of the application may be inspected 
during normal office hours at the Thanet District 
Council offices, address above. 

The licensable activities will be Supply of 
Alcohol froml0:00 to 23:00 hrs every day; Late 
Night Refreshment from 23:00 to 23:30hrs every 
day; Supply of Alcohol, Live and Recorded 
Music from 23:00 to 24:00hrs and Late Night 
Refreshment from 23:30 to 00:30 hrs on the 
Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Easter Bank 
Holiday, the two May Bank holidays, August 
Bank Holiday, Christmas Eve, Boxing Day 
and the first Saturday in June. All Licensable 
activities to continue on New Year’s Eve from 
the end of Permitted Hours to the beginning of 
Permitted hours on New Year’s Day. 

Any representations in respect of the application 
should be made in writing to the Licensing 
Department, Thanet District Council, PO. Box 
9 Cecil Street, Margate, Kent by 25thJune 2015. 
It is an offence knowingly or recklessly to make a 
false statement in connection with an application 
and the maximum fine for which a person is liable 
on summary conviction for the offence is £5000. 



The Bing, 11, Dover Street, Canterbury CT1 3HD. 

We, HPLARLEON LTD of 84, High Street, Broadstairs, 
Kent CT10 1JJ, hereby give notice that we have applied to 
Canterbury City Council under the provisions of the Local 
Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 for a 
licence to use the premises referred to above as a sexual 
entertainment venue. 

A register of licensing applications can be inspected at: or at Council Offices, 
Military Road, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1YW tel. 01227 
862000 by appointment with the Buisness Support Team, 
between 10am and 4pm Monday to Lriday. 

Any person wishing to submit representations to our 
application must give notice in writing to the address shown 
above: giving in general terms the grounds of objection by 

Application for Premises Licence 

Food Thirst Ltd of Woody’s, 16 The Parade, 
Margate, Kent CT9 1EY has applied to Thanet 
District Council, PO. Box 9, Cecil Street, 
Margate, Kent for the Grant of a Premises 
Licence under the Licensing Act 2003. 

A copy of the application may be inspected 
during normal office hours at the Thanet District 
Council offices, address above. 

The licensable activities will be: Supply of 
Alcohol, Live and Recorded Music 10:00 to 
OLOOhrs every day; Late Night Refreshment 
23:00 to 01:30 hrs every day. All Licensable 
activities to continue on New Year’s Eve from 
the end of Permitted Hours to the beginning of 
Permitted hours on New Year’s Day. 

Any representations in respect of the application 
should be made in writing to the Licensing 
Department, Thanet District Council, PO. Box 9 
Cecil Street, Margate, Kent by 26th June 2015. 

It is an offence knowingly or recklessly to make a 
false statement in connection with an application 
and the maximum fine for which a person is liable 
on summary conviction for the offence is £5000. 




Has applied to Dartford Borough Council for a new time 
limited Premises Licence pertaining to 

Sale of Alcohol for consumption off the Premises: 

Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 20:00 

Any representations from Interested Parties should be made 

in WRITING to: The Licensing Section, Dartford Borough 

Council, Civic Centre, Home Gardens, Dartford, Kent, DAI 

1DR, no later than Monday 8th June 2015 

Dated: Tuesday 12th May 2015 

It is an offence knowingly to make a false statement in 
connection with an application and the maximum fine of 
which a person is liable on summary conviction is level 5 on 
the standard scale (£5,000). 

The Application and Public Register can be viewed in full 
at The Licensing Section, Dartford Borough Council, Civic 
Centre, Home Gardens, Dartford, Kent, DAI 1DR, Monday 
to Friday between 9am and 5pm. 


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Home-grown star 
looks to sparkle 

Kent’s Bell-Drummond says he wants to ‘build on good start’ 

OPENER: Daniel Bell-Drummond has slotted nicely into the opening duo 

Pictures: ADYKERRY 


By Jamie Weir 

WHEN Kent County Cricket Club 
take to the crease in their game 
against Derbyshire which starts to¬ 
day (June 7), they will be hoping that 
rising star Daniel Bell-Drummond 
can muster up a performance akin to 
his back-to-back centuries against 
Leicestershire and Glamorgan. 

The team are sorely in need of a 
convincing win following a disap¬ 
pointing start to their LV= County 
Championship Division Two cam¬ 
paign, which has seen them win just 
one of their first six games. 

That’s left the team floating at the 
bottom of the league table, only just 
staying above Essex, who still have a 
game in hand. 

Nurturing home grown talent like 
Bell-Drummond, has been CEO Jamie 
Clifford’s call for some time, and now, 
it seems, the young batsman is com¬ 
ing good on Clifford’s hopes. 

It isn’t easy for the 21-year-old 
right hander though, with a different 
approach a necessity in each of the 

He said: “We started off this season 
at Chelmsford on a green seamer, 
which was not ideal, so I just tried to 
get stuck in. 

“Then, up at Old Trafford, there 
was a lot more pace and bounce, so 
there’s different things to assess every 
time you go out. 

“The main thing is to find a way to 
see off the new ball and get through 
to the next interval with your wicket 
intact. If you’re still at the crease 
there’s always the chance to make in¬ 
roads later in the day when the ball 
softens or the bowlers tire.” 

Finding a way through is tougher 
when making up one of the opening 
duo according to Bell-Drummond. 

He said: “You never really know if 
there’s a delivery with your name on 
it. So, although you want to put the 
bad balls away, the feeling at the back 
of your mind is that you want to ‘be 
there’ at lunch if you’ve started your 
innings that morning. 

“You’d much rather be out in the 
middle than back in the pavilion hav¬ 

ing played a rash shot. 

“Facing the new ball in red-ball 
cricket can be tough sometimes. 

“I’ve kept working on my game, 
and I’ve been working hard to under¬ 
stand it. I’ve not really changed any¬ 
thing specifically, it’s just how the 
process develops over time. There 
have been good early signs for me this 
season. But the key now is to build on 
my good start and continue my im¬ 

Brands Hatch plays host to American muscle 

AMERICAN muscle takes centre 
stage at Brands Hatch today, as the 
American SpeedFest III takes over 
the Sevenoaks circuit. 

World famous racing series NAS¬ 
CAR will take to the track, with the 
Whelen Euro Series - the continent’s 
only officially sanctioned series - 
blasting around the track. 

Historic F5000 single seat racers 
will also be burning rubber along¬ 
side a variety of V8s. 

Children are likely to love the ac¬ 
tion too, with a duo of official vehi¬ 
cles - Lightning McQueen and Tow- 
Mater - from Disney Pixar’s Cars film 
series exhibiting at the event. The 
Transformers movie also gets in on 
the action, with an official Hasbro 
Optimus Prime Peterbilt truck from 
the film set to exhibit alongside a 
Back to the Future DeLorean, which 

NASCAR: High speed thrills from 
the States are set to appear 

will star in a special on-track show. 

David Willey, Brands Hatch events 
manager, said: “We’ve pulled out all 

of the stops this year to make sure 
this is the biggest celebration of 
American motoring anywhere on 
this side of the Atlantic. 

“We’re going to be welcoming 
record-breaking numbers of Ameri¬ 
can cars into the venue, and wheth¬ 
er you’re a hardcore V8 engine fan, 
or you’re bringing the little ones to 
meet Lightning McQueen and Mater, 
there’s something for everyone to en¬ 

“Our on-track programme is bet¬ 
ter than ever too, with our most 
American ever racing line-up, and a 
stunning selection of shows and 
demos. “ 

Alongside the day of racing, the 
circuit will also showcase special 
demonstration runs with genuine 
cars from the world-famous NAS¬ 
CAR Sprint Cup taking part. 

BLUES: Losing key midfielder Charlie Allen 

Allen leaves Margate 
FC despite promotion 

MARGATE FC midfielder Charlie 
Allen has agreed he will leave the 
Blues after his contract expired at 
the end of the 2014-2015 season. 

It comes as a blow to the team, 
after 22 year old Allen - who scored 
13 times over the season - played a 
key role in helping secure promotion 
to the Vanarama National League 
South for the club. 

The monster commute for home 
games were one of the reasons that 
Oxford-based Allen gave for calling 
time on his tenure at Margate. 

He said: ‘After speaking to the 

manager about the travelling and 
my own personal venture we both 
mutually agreed that it was best they 
we go our separate ways. 

“I will always have a soft spot for 
the club. The club is destined for 
great things and I hope our paths 
cross again soon.” 

Manager Terry Brown paid tribute 
to the player saying that he had a 
‘magnificent season’ and made a 
‘huge contribution’ to the club 
making the play-offs, despite an 
injury which had kept him on the 
bench for two months. 

Gills book Portsmouth tune up 

THE Gills are set to have a busy 
pre-season, lining up another 
friendly ahead of the start of the 
2015-2016 Sky Bet League One 

Justin Edinburgh’s team will host 
League Two Portsmouth at their 
Priestfield Stadium on August 1. 
That’ll make it two home games for 
Gillingham in just four days, with 

Brighton visiting on July 29. 

Portsmouth won’t be a walkover 
either, with the team likely to be 
pushing for promotion next season. 

The Gills now have a total of seven 
confirmed pre-season friendly 
matches. The first of these takes 
place on July 7, with the Gills 
travelling to Folkestone at the 
Fullicks Stadium. 

EBBSFLEET have announced that three 
more of their players will be leaving the 
club when their contracts expire. 

Brendan Kiernan, Dean Pooley and 
Jordan Sanderson will all leave the Fleet. 

As the trio disappear, Ebbsfleet are also 
adding to their squad with new signing 
Robbie Willmott. 

Willmott inked the deal with Daryl 
McMahon earlier in the week, after the 
speedy winger impressed during his time 
at Newport County. 

The 2 5-year-old was released by the 
club after first signing for Newport in 

The new addition will help Macca 
balance the squad, with the most recent 
departures including a midfielder, 
Sanderson, and a winger, Kiernan - Will¬ 
mott can take on either position. 

While Pooley departs the squad, he will 
be staying on at the team behind the 
scenes at Stonebridge Road. He’ll be 
taking on the role of assistant to the 
general manager. 

CHANGES: Fleet say bye to 
another three from the squad 

j_ V i. »Email 

QpOlT drums or call Jamie Weir on 01233 653481 

Fleet say goodbye to 
three while adding one 

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